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Old Aug 24, 2012, 7:32 AM   #1
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Default some Canadians (geese) stopping through

A few shots from a group of about 2 dozen Canadian Geese who descended upon a local pond for a rest on their way South for the winter.

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Old Aug 24, 2012, 9:30 AM   #2
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Nice captures. Lots of movement now with many bird species as the breeding and moulting period is ending and they're fattening up for the big trip south. Lots of "catch light" in the eyes in both pics.
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Nice shots Ramcewan.

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Lots of movement now with many bird species as the breeding and moulting period is ending and they're fattening up for the big trip south. Lots of "catch light" in the eyes in both pics.
HAHA, the geese here in Tennessee don't migrate at all, the seem to have decided this is a good place to hang out summer and winter.
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 6:23 PM   #5
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jjdog2 - thanks for looking!

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Nice captures. Lots of movement now with many bird species as the breeding and moulting period is ending and they're fattening up for the big trip south. Lots of "catch light" in the eyes in both pics.
Bob - thanks to you I learned a new term "catch light", I have always noticed good portraits often times have it but never knew what it was called

It was 5:45pm which is early evening, about 1:30 before sunset, so the rays were long and side lighting the birds.

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Old Aug 25, 2012, 9:45 AM   #7
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More great shots. So many photogs pass up geese as they're so numerous, but I like watching them year round. They have so many recognizable behaviors, like the head waggles when they want to get their mate to move of. Watching both parents take such close care of the goslings and seeing the gosling follow and obey so well is great fun too. Then the big V formations heading south in the fall is awe inspiring.
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I have to agree, they can be pesky at times, but they are a lot of fun to watch and photograph.
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Bob and Mugmar - thanks for your comments. Yes they can certainly be pests, especially if you own a golf course or have a water body that you want to swim in and enjoy but they still are beautiful creatures of this earth which we all share.

Their behavior is as you say Bob very interesting to watch and recognize. Several of my shots are taken of the "lookout" birds that stand on the edge of the flock and watch while what I assume are the younger ones forage for bugs and such. This particular night we had a whole bunch of tiny little flying bugs that seemed to be dropping from the air (not a good night to have dinner on the porch ew!) the lookout birds were snatching some right out of the air while the others were picking them off the ground. Was very cool to watch them and also how they moved about as a group.

I was at first not sure I cared to photograph them, as you say they are often times quite numerous if you know where to look, but I am glad I did as I enjoyed the results and glad you did too.
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