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Canada Goose

Canada Goose
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-08-22 7:29
Viewed: 1780
Points: 3
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oops! sorry for the tight framing in the lower part. i thought i had been following a calmly floating bird; was not prepared for this sudden stretching! unpredictable Nature :)

these birds are not common here... i mean the place, where i live now. we don't get to see them quite often. it was for the first few days (in May) after i moved into this apartment, saw these birds (in the adjacent lake). they used to come in evening and join the Mallards.
oh, how noisy they were!
and then, before i could realize what bird i had seen, they stopped coming... and i never got to see them till this 7th of August.

it was evening, and dark. i had gone out after taking a break of few days. but just after i stepped outside, i was extremely astonished to hear a continuous, loud, honky chorus of some ducks coming from the dark lake... it was not Mallards, quite sure.

i hurried back to my apartment, taken the camera and headed towards the lake. it being a huge lake, i had to walk for some time to reach that particular region from where the sound was coming. and good God! what i saw in almost no light was a HUGE flock of some unknown ducks... they were SO big!

i tried in many ways, but could manage a bad shot only... not good for proper identification. they were at far and in darkness. and i was not to use flashlight. it could scare them. i stayed there for a while and then returned home. by then i knew, i had to go for a walk early, in the very next morning! :)

that night i studied the photograph i managed, and came to the conclusion that it could be a Canada Goose or a Cackling Goose. i had a checklist of Tennessee birds. that made my job easy.

next morning, it was a bit late. and i was extremely unhappy for that. anyway, went out and then found some of them still there in the lake. it was around 7 am. not a huge flock like previous night, but still a good number of them. but before i could hurry up to that part of the lake, all were gone! ...except an isolated bird, who was floating calmly on its own.. as if enjoying the morning sunlight; self-absorbed. i thanked my luck and mother Nature :)

the bird was at far. i had to zoom to get the shots.

i am not sure about the ID of this bird. as i had thought before, it was either a Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), or a Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii).

but the bird was much much bigger than the Mallards, had a long neck and then look at the bill... considering all these along with the loud & honky sound they made, i think it could be a Canada Goose.

but i have every possibility to be wrong. and hence need help.

the workshop photograph might help in that.

25th August, 2012
thanks to László (Hormon_Manyer) and Ron (tuslaw) for helping me with the ID.
so my guess was correct? :)
this is a Canada Goose (Branta canadensis).

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Hi Ruby,
What you photographed is Branta canadensis, the Canada Goose, quite common in North America. About the photo: I'm more than sure you know yourself the WS is much better aesthetically. I truly suggest to re-post the image with the current workshop photo.
Best regards, László

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-08-22 18:30]
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Hello Ruby,
I see Laszlo has confirmed what you had already thought it might be, a Canada Goose. I see why you posted this image as your main shot, since it adds a little more character to the bird then just a floating pose. I do like the WS and think it is really better as far as the technical aspects.
It's funny, but as a kid I hardly ever saw these birds except in the fall, when small flocks made their way south for their wintering grounds. What a (special treat) it was just to hear them at night as they honked and honked till they were out of sight and heading south.
Things have drastically changed since then, as they are everywhere now and many never migrate at all. They have become so numerous that they are considered a real nusance in some populated areas.
They feed in large numbers in parks, golf courses, public beaches, private lawns...etc. Their dropping are one of the major complaints since it is really hard to miss while walking through any grassey areas or even walking paths. They also consume alot of grass and can literally make a mud hole out of someones lawn or public park.
Glad you managed to get a shot of this particular bird, as it is still a beautiful specimen and definitely worthy of our appreciation.

Hm ....controversial work here .... hm ... but your bravery is commendable! Bravo .... to compare please, see this: http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=5&p=262467
George Veltchev

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