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Old Dec 17, 2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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Default Rare Blue Morph Ross' Goose

I am pretty sure that this is a Blue Morph Ross' goose or perhaps a hybrid Blue Morph Snow Goose / Ross' Goose.

The Snow Goose Blue Morph is a pretty common genetic variation, especially on the East coast. The Blue Morph Ross' is quite rare. The refuge manager said he has only seen three at the Sacramento Refuge in his last 15 years here.

I am working on independent verification as to the ID of this Blue Morph. When I get a positive ID I will post the results.

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Shot #3 Note the rounder head, shorter bill and the shorter, thicker neck compared to the surrounding geese which are Snow Geese.
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Old Dec 17, 2011, 10:20 PM   #4
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Shot #4 Just as they are all getting spooked up by something.
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Old Dec 18, 2011, 11:39 AM   #5
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Nice shots and thanks for sharing these.

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These are really amazing shots! Colors are beautiful, #3 may be my fav, although they are all super. Good luck in ID-ing the morph!
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Great series and beautiful geese. Fingers crossed the ID is positive.
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the nice comments. I checked with the staff at the refuge today and they agreed that it was a Ross' Blue morph.
I did some further checking and it seems that about 1 in 10,000 Ross's geese is a Blue Morph. That's 100 out of a 1,000,000. I feel very fortunate to have been able to get such a clear shot of one.

Cheers to all and Merry Christmas.

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Excellent photos Steve, I appreciate the way you have isolated this unique bird via focal range and your color saturation as well as the great contrast of blue against white. A whole lot of good is happening in these shots, not to mention the way you have isolated this unique subject in a crowd of a whole lot of action.

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Hey Norm, it's been a long time. Thank you and it's good to hear from you.

Best wishes for the Holidays and Happy New Year,

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