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Almost Grown!

Almost Grown!
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-28 14:20
Viewed: 2928
Points: 18
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The Canada Geese residing at our neighborhood lake have had a bonanza of offspring this spring. I have enjoyed watching the goslings grow from fuzzy yellow balls through all the different stages. Many are now at the point where they are starting to show some of the adult markings. Birds too, have to experience this awkward time when they have lost the cuteness and innocence of childhood, but have not yet attained the grace and wisdom of adulthood (which some of us never attain!).

Canada Goose
Branta canadensis

Bernache du Canada (French)
Ganso canadiense (Spanish)

The most familiar and widespread goose in North America, the Canada Goose can be found in all kinds of water all across the continent, from the tundra to the Gulf Coast. Some populations have become resident in urban areas, and are now coming into conflict with people.

Cool Facts

At least 11 subspecies of Canada Goose have been recognized, although only a couple are distinctive. In general, the geese get smaller as you move northward, and darker as you go westward. The four smallest forms are now considered a different species: the Cackling Goose.
Some migratory populations of the Canada Goose are not going as far south in the winter as they used to. This northward range shift has been attributed to changes in farm practices that makes waste grain more available in fall and winter, as well as changes in hunting pressure and changes in weather.

Individual Canada Geese from most populations make annual northward migrations after breeding. Nonbreeding geese, or those that lost nests early in the breeding season, may move anywhere from several kilometers to more than 1500 km northward. There they take advantage of vegetation in an earlier state of growth to fuel their molt. Even members of "resident" populations, which do not migrate southward in winter, will move north in late summer to molt.

The giant Canada goose subspecies, B. canadensis maxima, formerly bred from central Manitoba to Kentucky. It was nearly driven extinct in the early 1900s. Programs to reestablish the subspecies to it original range were tremendously successful, and in fact, in some places were too successful. The numerous introductions and translocations created a number of resident populations, and the geese have become a nuisance in many urban and suburban areas.


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  • Great 
  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-05-28 14:40]

Hi Manyee,
What a great posting of this young one, I like the POV and it is so sharp.
It is an excellent capture.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-28 16:13]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent portrait, perfect exposure! Very nicely framed, good detail and nice DOF. High on the cute scale too :-)

Hi Manyee,
This young one has really started to show the adult markings. Excellent exposure. You have captured all the color and detail very well. Comp. and framing look great.

Hi Manyee

I love the plumage colour and pattern of the Canada Goose. This one looks very fluffy. Nicely composed shot, nice crop and perfect catchlight in the eye. Thanks.

Hi Manyee,
This is very nice portrait with excellent POV, the details are clear and nice natural colours.
Very well done and thanks!

  • Great 
  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-29 5:20]

Hi Manyee
Good portraid shot of this Canada goose. Great sharpnes, details, colours, DOF and POV. Also good note.
Well done


Very nice portrait ManYee!
Very nice exposure, POV, and sharp detail.
Nice framing too :)
Have a great Memorial Day also mf,

hi manyee
c'est un joli portrait,cet oison s'est laissť prendre sans coup de bec,il fallait oser car elles ne sont pas toujours commode.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-01 16:54]
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Hi ManYee
When I started to read your notes I though the great linguistic has made an error in her description "a bonanza of offspring this spring". Wow, what a tongue twister. I had to read it again before the 'brilliance' dawned on me. Very well said my friend and an interesting observation that puberty is something not exclusive to human beings. It is also true to say that here and there one even witness the phenomena of perpetual puberty where adulthood has evaded some human specimens like similar poles of a magnet.
The little gosling is still showing this wonderful intermediate phase in development - lovely adult plumage and colourings are still interspersed by this cute fluffy stuff.
A well captured portrait with great notes to accompany the posting. You have achieved excellent DOF and the details are fabulous. The exposure was also magnificently managed to attain all the wonderful contrasts on the difficult black & whites.
Very well done and TFS.
PS: A :-) just because I wanted too.

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