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Spur-winged Goose

Spur-winged Goose
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-25 8:55
Viewed: 5876
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo from my archive. I saw this bird in South Africa, where I've made this photo, and in Ethiopia.

The Spur-winged Goose, (Plectropterus gambensis), is a large bird in the family Anatidae, related to the geese and the shelducks, but distinct from both of these in a number of anatomical features, and therefore treated in its own subfamily, the Plectropterinae. It occurs in wetlands throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Adults are 75-115 cm (30-45 in) long and weigh on average 4-6.8 kg , and sometimes up to 7 kg , with males much larger than the females. They are the largest African waterfowl and are, on average, the world's largest "goose". They are mainly black, with a white face and large white wing patches. The long legs are flesh-coloured. The nominate race P. g. gambensis has extensive white on the belly and flanks, but the subspecies P. g. niger, which occurs south of the Zambezi River, has only a small white belly patch.
The male differs from the female, not only in size, but also in having a larger red facial patch extending back from the red bill, and a knob at the base of the upper mandible. This is a quiet species, but may give a thin whistle in flight.

The large nest is usually concealed in vegetation near water, but tree holes, other cavities, and old Hamerkop nests may be used. The spur on the bend of the wing may be used in disputes.

This abundant and gregarious species feeds by grazing, but spends the middle part of the day resting by water.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter
What a great and interesting goose!

Great details and wonderful capture!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-25 10:09]

It is a very interesting Goose species! You take a very nice photo of this, great colors,and very good details too! TFS!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-25 10:33]

Hallo Peter.

Aparte gans en mooi op de foto gezet.
Mooie POV van de achterkant waarbij hij toch zijn kop draait en je die ook op de foto hebt.

Gr. Hans

hallo Peter
Wat een mooi gans
goed van scherpte en fijne details
aparte kleuren ,verwacht je niet bij een gans
groetjes lou

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful and interesting capture of the Spur-winged Goose, good sharpness and bright natural colours, very well composed.
Best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-25 11:13]

Hi Peter. One from your archives taken in Africa, A most unusual looking bird which you have been able to get good feather detail and bright colours. The red on the head and bill stand out well. TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-25 12:35]

Hello Peter,
this is an excellent Picture. Great colours and very good sharpness. A great composite. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter,

Incredible capture of this Spur-winged Goose in a lovely pose with delihgtful composition and great details.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Hello Peter
this is very beautiful goose species. It has different appaerances from European geese. you nicely captured it with nice focus, POV and composition. nicely presented. thanks for sharing, best wishes

hello Peter,
different geese, a nice moment from fine POV, with rich colours and nice sharpness, beautiful photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-25 13:46]

Hi Peter

Great shot of this Spur Winged Goose. I have seen them in Ethiopia, Benin and Zambia - but only from a distance. Nice pose and detail.


hello Peter

excellent photo of this Goose, with fine POV, DOF and appropriate framing,
fine focus sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity, TFS


Hello Peter, lovely shot of this red-billed beuty in a wonderful composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-25 15:50]

Hi Peter,

A very interesting looking goose with the strange colors! A beautiful shot and I love the rear view. The orange beak, beautiful eye, graceful neck and the contrasts of his colors are wonderful. I love the vertical composition and the setting.


Hello Peter,
This is a strange Anato! did not know existed, looks considerably more wild than many of its cousins the new and old world. Good work, you've good things in your files of 2005! thanks for sharing, good photo, but effective and particular POV, good cut. Excellent documentation attached.

Hi Peter..
Very nice picture of this pretty and cute huge bird..
I like its pose, colors...TFS.

Hallo Peter,

Mooi gezichtsveld op zijn veren en van achter.
Misschien moest de vogel iets meer met zijn kop draaien.Prachtige kleuren.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-25 23:39]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful capture of this interesting goose.Great details and colors.Have a nice day!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Peter. Nice view for this coloured goose. Very intresting vertical compo. Good dight.


Ciao Peter, lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-26 7:27]

Hello Peter,
A fine one from your archives showing the African Spur-winged Goose. Even though this was taken from the rear, the turned head, fine colours and good sharpness make this a fine image, especially as this was taken when the high standards of today's digital photography were impossible when you took this.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-01-26 7:48]

Hi Peter!

Very interesting and new to me specie of goose. Looks quite African with all these colorfull and shinny feathers and red bill. I also like BG with colorfull, muddy waters. Good job.

Hi Peter.
Lovely and funny photo of this cute bird.
Kind regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-26 9:03]

Hello Peter,
A very fine capture of this unusual Goose showing great sharpness and natural colours. Hardly a beautiful bird but the green tail feathers are impressive and shown sharply here.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-26 14:20]

Hello Peter, lovely shot of this cute Spur-winged Goose with nice composition.
TFS and G's,

Hello Peter
a great image of this Spur-winged Goose taken from a nice POV from the back, showing us his very beautiful plumage that you have taken with superb details
a fine environment and composition
Have a good night or good morning

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-30 19:26]

Hi Peter,
very beautiful shot of this bird. You have been to many countries and enjoy a variety of birds which are so special and strange to me. You too have presented it very well and very skillful.
The red beak is wonder here, so outstanding aginst the blurry background. You have given a good emphasis on the clarity and sharpness.
i like the beauty and the features.
Well presented.


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