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Canada Goose mating...

Canada Goose mating...
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Action Plus, !Wawa... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-20 21:42
Viewed: 11386
Points: 18
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I had the chance to observ 2 Canada Goose mating together. First they "pump" their head one after the other in the water. Than the male goes over the female. After the act, the male stands proudly without a movement as you can see at this address

Hope you'll enjoy!


Many people can recognize a Canada Goose Branta canadensis by its characteristic black head, white cheek patches, and long black neck. However, there are several different races, so a Canada Goose in one region may be quite different from a Canada Goose in another. Although there has been some disagreement about the exact number of races of Canada Geese, most scientists believe that there are 11.

Members of the different races range in size from one of the smallest geese, the Cackling Canada Goose, which can weigh as little as 1.1 kg, to the largest of all geese, the Giant Canada Goose, which can weigh up to 8 kg. Wingspans vary between about 90 cm and 2 m. The underparts range in colour from light pearl-grey to chestnut, and even blackish brown. Differences in body proportions, particularly the relative length of the neck, the body shape, and the body stance, further distinguish the different races. In general, the larger the bird, the longer the neck and the more elongated the body.

Newly hatched Canada Geese have a coat of yellow to olive down that darkens to dull grey over the first few weeks of life. As the birds grow, feathers gradually cover the down, and by the time the young geese are ready to fly in late summer, they are nearly indistinguishable from their parents. From that point on, both males and females look the same throughout the year.

Unique characteristics

The spectacle of Canada Geese migrating in long, honking, irregular “V” formations across spring or autumn skies is always thrilling. It is one of the most dramatic portents of the change of seasons in Canada. Flying in diagonal lines or “V” formations serves at least two purposes. The most important is that it helps the geese save energy and permits them to fly longer distances. Scientists believe that Canada Geese fly in a “V” because of the “drafting” effect, where the follower goose, like a cyclist in a race, benefits from the air currents passing the leader, and thus expends less energy flying. A secondary function of the formation is to coordinate the flock’s movements, allowing changes in flight speed or direction to be communicated quickly and efficiently to all members of the flock.

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Hi Michel

Great shot of a natural event. Exposure is spot on. Excellent quality shot. :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-20 23:56]

That is an interesting capture, Michel.
We have so many Canada geese around us, but I have never witnessed a mating. You captured it with perfect POV, excellent focus and exposure, and in a very pleasing composition.
TFs. : )

hehe, canada geese do it in the water and they do it with style...*g*
excellent "action"-shot, michel! :-)
perfect timing on this great moment - hope you will show
us the "results" in form of eggs and babies.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-21 4:15]

Hi Michel,
Lovely shot of this special moment. Nice detail throughout, great colours and perfect DOF. It's a good moment you've captured, I looked at the other picture too, he seems *very* proud of his achievment :-)

The male does seem to be standing proud here, Michel.
A very nice composition with a fine POV, sharpness of focus and details and natural colors.

Salut Michel
Félicitation pour cette prise de vue exceptionnelle. Ce n'est pas tous les jours que l'on peut voir cela.la composition ,les détails et les couleurs tout est réussi.
Bravo et merci pour le partage...JP

Hi Michel, nice moment capture but I think they need more privacy :)
Good note.

hello Michel,
Looks like that you are voyeur (he, he, he).
Excellent shot, I never see thism action in the water before.
A great job

Bonjour Michel,

Here I thought I was looking at the songline:
"He aint heavy, he's my brother...";)

But I carefully read your Note:
" First they "pump" their head one after the other in the water. Than the male goes over the female. "
How poetically put!!! Tfs this intimate moment! Jay

PS Good one at
< ... l'air de dire: "C'est moi le meilleur!!!". >

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