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Old Apr 5, 2005, 10:13 PM   #1
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I went out this evening to a reservoir where waterfowl congregate every year during migration north. However, the ice remains on many of the ponds up here so the geese are slightly confused, some wondering why the water is so hard, others flying overhead checking things out, andsome hanging out in thegrain fieldfilling up on last year's harvest while they ponder the matter.

All photos below taken near sundown with Canon EF 400/5.6L handheld wide open at F/5.6 in Aperture Priority, ISO 400.

Overhead look



In the field near sundown



Another overhead onlooker



Testing out the hard water


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Old Apr 5, 2005, 11:51 PM   #2
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Beautiful photos Normcar!

I especially love the first one. The Pre Dusk lighting on thebird is incredible. Another Goose in flight wouldn't have a better view! Great work!


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Old Apr 5, 2005, 11:54 PM   #3
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Awsome. The first and fourth our my favorites. The detail and sharpness for an in flight shot in the first is amazing and I really like the composition with background of the fourth.
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Great shots Norm. Maybe you could ask those geese to stay down your way for the summer. We got a zillion of them up here in the Great White North, and boy, do they make a mess. Lol. I haven't been around lately, but I see you haven't lost your touch. Top stuff mate. Cheers....thekman.
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Old Apr 6, 2005, 3:58 AM   #5
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Really good shots Norm, especially the in flight ones. I personally really
like the second shot. Good focus around the geese with a really nice fade
away from them. The low sun angle also adds to an overall pleasing effect.
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Old Apr 6, 2005, 12:42 PM   #6
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Hi Norm

Yes indeed - great shots!

But, while supposedly Geese are "hardwired," someting which has recently been disproved, and can do nothing but follow their programming; about twenty five years ago, for no apparent reason, half of them stopped migrating south.

So during the Winter I take plenty of pictures of these guys, happily dealing with ice and snow. It wasn't like this when I was a kid...

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Old Apr 6, 2005, 2:08 PM   #7
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Some more great photos here Norm. If I could get just one shot of something flying as good as your first shot here that would really make my day. BTW did you use any exposure comp on those.

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nice shots norm, I love the way they look as if they are tippy toeing across the ice:-)
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Old Apr 7, 2005, 2:30 PM   #9
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Thanks all, I really wish that the ice would melt a bit so they would hang around a bit more and in greater numbers. Right now it's a brief visit, a quick cool stroll, a honk, and gone.

However...I am hearing Killdeers and I even spotted my first one yesterday. Here come the waterfowl :-)
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