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I live with peregrines

I live with peregrines
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geese from around the world. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-07 14:17
Viewed: 4574
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-breasted Goose

Branta ruficollis

Red-breasted Geese breed over more than a million square kilometres in the Russian arctic, mostly on the Taimyr peninsula, and winter in temperate regions around the Black Sea in Romania, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine. These highly colourful geese are perhaps most well-known for their habit of nesting in close proximity to birds of prey, such as Peregrines, Rough-legged Buzzards and Snowy Owls. The birds of prey drive off marauding Arctic Foxes and skuas, while the geese provide an early warning system in return. In this way, up to ten pairs of Red-breasts can nest around one Peregrine eyrie. Most nests are within 40 metres of the Peregrine but some may be within a few metres. In comparison with other geese, Red-breasts have a delayed breeding cycle and this is thought to be to allow Peregrine nests to become established before the geese begin breeding.
Red-breasted Geese are still recognised as globally threatened despite the fact that the world population numbers over 100,000 birds. This is because most of the population is concentrated during winter at less than ten locations and at only four roosts.
Escalating hunting activity at the main roost sites in Bulgaria is an increasing problem, especially as many birds are shot by tourist hunters travelling from France, Italy and Spain. Conservation initiatives for Red-breasted Geese are now underway in Bulgaria and Romania and management plans are being produced for the most important roosts in Bulgaria at Shabla and Durankulak Lakes.
Photographed at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust at Arundel. Most of this note supplied from the WWT website.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-07 14:45]

This goose appears to be the size of a duck. Amazing colors and details in this goose. Your composition is well done and note was very informative. TFS.


Michael, I agree, amazing colors & detail. Excellent note..Very nice! TFS

This goose looks a bit like the wood duck we have here in Canada. Excellent capture: sharp and nice colors. Well done.

Focus is a bit soft but I like the colours.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-08 3:56]

Superbe canard avec une bonne lumière qui fait bien resortir les couleurs. La netteté est aussi très bien bonne définition du plumage et du regard. Merci et bonne journée.

I love it very much. She is so cute :-)
Great photo, very well done with wonderful colours.
Thank You!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-08 6:09]

Great shot Michael, the head makes it so cute, it's beak is very cute and reminds me of baby's shoes! Good colours and composition, it is a little soft in focus but a good one.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-08 6:17]

What a beautiful goose! I really like it's tiny beak. Great colors and details. TFS.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-08 12:15]

Very nice image Michael. You have a way of getting these guys to really look good on this site. Calender quality. Very good post

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-08 15:10]

Michael, cute shot with nice and vivid colors. Great pose and composition, as well as very good sharpness.

This is a new goose to me. She is a real honey. So very cute. Her feather detail and design is fabulous. Nice work. Thanks.

Fantastic image,lovely colour and detail...
Awesome capture....
And your note is very informative....
Well done...

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