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Old Jan 1, 2012, 8:41 PM   #1
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Default Endangered Aleutian Goose and Friend

I was out shooting pictures of the Falcated Duck again today and I saw a small group of Canada geese swimming towards the back of the pond. They were all very small but thanks to Penolta I was on the lookout for a thick neck band on these small geese. two of the geese had such a band and were slightly larger than the rest in the group. My guess is that the two with the thicker neck band are Aleutian Canada Geese and the others are B. c. minima (Cackling geese).
I hope that Penolta will jump in and verify the ID for me.

After doing a little more research I was reading that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Aleutian Canada Goose from the threatened and endangered lists back in 2001.

Here is the article if anyone is interested in reading.
http://alaska.fws.gov/media/finalqanda.html

Thanks for looking and Happy New Year everyone,

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Most of the rest of the small group of Canada Geese.
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A Closer crop of the Aleutian.
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An Aleutian Goose sandwich with a Cackling Goose in the center.
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