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Copyright: monique voorn schulz (movoschu) (178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-26
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-14 7:33
Viewed: 1094
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. They have been raised for food and extensively bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. Because of their popularity chiefly as ornamental bird, escapes are common and small feral populations have become established in Western Europe.It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, hence the English name.It is 63–73 cm (25–29 in) long.

The sexes of this species are identical in plumage but the males average slightly larger. There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone, with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is not sex- or age-related. A large part of the wings of mature birds is white, but in repose the white is hidden by the wing coverts. When it is aroused, either in alarm or aggression, the white begins to show. In flight or when the wings are fully spread in aggression, the white is conspicuous. This species breeds widely in Africa except in deserts and dense forests, and is locally abundant. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara. While not breeding, it disperses somewhat, sometimes making longer migrations northwards into arid regions of the Sahel. It has also been introduced elsewhere: Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, and Germany have self-sustaining populations which are mostly derived from escaped ornamental birds
This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. Egyptian geese typically eat seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems. Occasionally, they will eat locusts, worms, or other small animals.

Both sexes are aggressively territorial towards their own species when breeding and frequently pursue intruders into the air, attacking them in aerial "dogfights". Neighbouring pairs may even kill another's offspring for their own offsprings' survival as well as for more resources.

This species will nest in a large variety of situations, especially in holes in mature trees in parkland. The female builds the nest from reeds, leaves and grass, and both parents take turns incubating eggs.[7] Egyptian geese usually pair for life. Both the male and female care for the offspring until they are old enough to care for themselves

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bonjour Monique
une belle scène de famille.
Couleurs et détails de belle qualité
Bon W-E
Roland

Hello Monique,
Don't know why, but I like this Bird 'Egyptian Goose'. Here you showed us a beautiful eternal bond between Mother and her Children. Very nice color and well placed in frame. I like water surface too. Good work......
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice WE,
Srikumar

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-14 10:31]

Hallo Monique,
Mooie foto van deze soort. Ze zijn ook prachtig van kleur zoals in deze foto, ook al zijn het exoten en horen ze eigenlijk niet in ons land. Ze vermenigvuldigen zich hoog tempo. Bij mij in de buurt brengen ze zelfs in winterse omstandigheden grote aantallen jongen groot. En we worden al overspoeld door de ganzen.
Deze foto in van grote klasse. In alle opzichten.
Geniet van het weekend,
Peter

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-14 14:15]

Hello Monique,
Lovely image!! So cute and fluffy, wonderful composition, POV and good details and sharpness. Well done and TFS.

A heart-warming bird family scene, Monique.
I admire your point of view; the expression in the mother bird's eye says it all.
The best view of the mother bird's colourful plumage from this perspective.
Thanks.
Ram

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-15 19:26]

Hello Monique,
What a lovely image of this gorgeous Egyptian Goose and it's young. Beautiful colors and nicely focused. I really like the way the adult seems to appear very contented as it watches it's tiny babies play in their nest. Excellent DOF and perfect exposure. Great capture!!
Ron

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