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04-19-2008, 03:53 PM
Here's one for Gary.:)
I was actually down at the Canal to take the pictures of the Swan on it's nest but this fella was just standing near by.
I have seen him several days and it appears to be on it's own. I thought that Canadian Geese usually travel in flocks. Has this guy got lost?
He looks rather dirty too but that could just be the Canal water.
04-19-2008, 04:30 PM
Geese usually do fly in flocks in the fall. For the most part in spring the only flocks you will see are immature birds, lots of times even family units although I've never tagged them to know for sure. In the spring mature pairs will break off to go to their nesting grounds so lots of times you'll just see two flying together.
Canadian Geese are monogomous however so if one mate doesn't make it through hunting season or the winter then one will carry on by itself which is probably the case with your goose. They may have just got separated somehow and will meet up at their nesting grounds since 99% of the time they return to the same place year after year. It still makes me feel sad when I see a lone goose flying and honking though.
How'd the pictures of the swans turn out? There's tonnes of them just west of here this year. On my drive to Banff I had to see at least a couple of thousand, never seen that many in my life. I would've stopped at a couple of roadside turnouts but my car was acting up. Swans vs. stranded on the Trans Canada didn't seem like a good match for me :p
04-19-2008, 04:59 PM
I like that photo. I really like the way that it is composed.
04-19-2008, 05:32 PM
Nice pic, but it looks about a 1/2 stop underexposed? I love to composition too. :)
04-19-2008, 06:34 PM
I find it hard to photograph Canada Geese. Exposure always looks a bit off when you look at their head just because their eyes blend right in.
I think it might've just been a bit cloudy out but that's just me.
04-19-2008, 08:01 PM
Angie, You are right, it was very cloudy out there. I do have a raw file of the pic Jerry so I may well have a play with that and see if I can get it any better.
The pics of the swans are in this section under swans nest.
I was quite pleased with them although when I went the other day (without my camera) the Swan on the nest was awake and building her nest around her whilst sitting on it which was a great sight but today she was fast asleep by the looks of things. You can't blame her really, sitting there for all that time must get a little boring after a while.
I hope to return in a few days and get some more snaps hopfully once the chics have hatched. Does anyone know how long that takes?
04-19-2008, 08:11 PM
Is this better?
04-21-2008, 09:55 AM
Looks like you are all out and about with spring in the air.
Nice to see some photos without that white stuff.
04-21-2008, 01:41 PM
To be honest Ingrid, We have had very little White Stuff here where I live. Perhaps one or two days and that's it. Still it is nice to see the warmer weather on the way. Hopfully this year we will have more than a few days of summer!
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