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Old Mar 6, 2010, 8:36 PM   #1
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Default Beautiful Day at the Fish Hatchery

Truly a beautiful spring day...no way I wasn't going over to the fish hatchery. The variety of birds was somewhat lacking, but I did record a first for me ....an American Pipit




Not a lot of diversity among the birds, but some wonderful lighting for those present




A pair of wigeons....



and a pair of Canada Geese....



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Old Mar 7, 2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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Looks like you had a good day to me Paul.
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Nice shots - the Canadian Geese are always fun birds to photograph.
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Thanks for the shots! Perhaps a few of these Canadian Geese could possibly stray into Finnish air space.

Take care.

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Hi Paul,

Great shot of the Am Pipit!

I always like to try to get birds in midstep while walking. . .

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Thanks for the shots! Perhaps a few of these Canadian Geese could possibly stray into Finnish air space.
Hi Ned,

Be careful of what you wish for. . .

About 40 years ago, the only time I ever saw Canada Geese were when they flew in V formation migrating, and it was exciting to hear them honking as they passed overhead.

Now, they are so common around here year-round that they are almost treated as pests. . . My condo complex hires out a mated pair of Mute Swans to try to control the geese in our little lake during Spring through Fall (the Swans are quite a bit bigger, and when nesting, they don't like a lot of competition for their territory. I've seen park areas around here where there were literally hundreds of Canadas -- with virtually no room for people to walk among them. . .

A lot of places use swan decoys to try to control the geese, but this doesn't work too well sometimes. . .

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...geese-not.html

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Wow, Scott! Amazing story!!! Well, Finland has a lot of beauty and wildlife... I better be careful for what I wish for, as you rightly said... I have to keep the natives happy... Thanks and all the best. Ned
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Nice pictures Paul. The American pipit could be a plate in a bird book.

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If you had Them Canadians in your country splattering every where you would under stand it all they can be nice shots but as well they can be a mess too!
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Hi Ned,

Be careful of what you wish for. . .

About 40 years ago, the only time I ever saw Canada Geese were when they flew in V formation migrating, and it was exciting to hear them honking as they passed overhead.

Now, they are so common around here year-round that they are almost treated as pests. . .

Scott

"...almost treated as pests" doesn't begin to describe the problems created by this particular flock of Canadian geese. Efforts were made several years ago to get Canadian geese to make Arkansas their winter home. They were so successful that the geese refuse to leave even for summer. The particular flock that hangs around the fish hatchery is generally about 4-6 dozen strong. Between their honking and the obnoxious "BRRRRAAAATTTT!" of the Great Blue Herons, the fish hatchery can be a very loud place.

That being said, they are fun to photograph. They're beautiful in the air; they're large so they provide good technique practice; and their coloration makes them somewhat of a challenge to light properly.

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