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Barnacle Goose

Barnacle Goose
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony/Zeiss teleconverter (1,7)
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-24 16:12
Viewed: 4858
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
BRANTA LEUCOPSIS - Barnacle Goose (En)- Bernache Nonette (Fr) - Nonnengans (De) - Brand Gans(Nl).
Size: 58 to 70 cm, Wingspan 132-145 cm, Weight 1400-2400 g. Colors: black and white head, grey-blue back, white chest. Lives in colonies and nests in Arctic regions, above the cliffs. Migrates in winter to low and flooded lands. They migrate from three different regions:
1 - Greenland to Iceland, then Scotland and Ireland.
2 - Spitzberg, along the Norwegian coast to Solway gulf.
3 - New Zemble, thru Baltic Sea, North Sea, down to the Netherlands, where Zeeland is generally the most meridional place where they stop. They will fly further south according to weather conditions, what they did this winter.

Barnacle Goose colonies live in the toundra, close to estuaries and coasts, where they eat grass and polar vegetation.
I've been observing birds for a while in this region, and it's the third one I find here in two years. The first one, posted here, lives now in couple, still on the same place on the Seine river, where wild water birds like ducks, moorhens, cormorants, coots, herons, swans, etc can be found.
This one, found further downstream was not in couple, living with the local mallards population.
Protected species (red list). European population avg 8500 couples. French population (in winter) avg 50 individuals.
The weather was dull, but I couldn't miss such an opportunity. Burst mode (3 frames). Focal lenght corresponds to about 220 mm with converter.
I was very happy to get this shot with a quite slow camera compared to a DSLR. . PP includes cropping, levels, USM (120-0,7-1) hues and a final contrast adjustment (brightness +18, contrast +15). Framed and reduced to size site. Hope you'll like it as much as I had the pleasure to capture it!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-24 17:39]

Hello Jean Michel, it's a great shot and a very different POV. I like the capture the composition is excellent, I love the way we can see where the bird is flying. Excellent capture, very well done.

A good stop action shot from a diffrent POV. Very good detail in the bird except for right wing. Excellent information in your notes. I would like to see some other shots of these birds if you have any.

Very good flight-in Jean Michel.
You did a vry good job with your Compact Digi, this kind of picture is even difficult to take with a DSRL, I know.
Very good composition, details and colours. You handle the exposure very well.
Great work.

Jean, composed well with very good detail & sharpness. Great job with the camera on hand. TFS!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-25 3:34]

Unusual POV, but very nice. Love the details and the colors. Good note too. Well done! TFS!

Very nice shot, great pose and POV. Great details on its left wing.
Well done.

Great catch and interesting POV!
I tried to take some pictures of flying ducks and goose, but without succes.

Fantastic note too!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-21 21:07]

Bon anniversaire, Jean-Michel! Vous voilà prêt pour un autre envol autour du soleil pour une autre année sur ce petit vaisseau de la terre avec sa multitude de passagers. Je vous souhaite le plus agréable des voyages, attacher bien votre ceinture. Écoutez bien les conseils de votre Capitaine bien installé quelque part dans les replis de votre conscience, et vogue la galère!
Luc, de l'autre côté de la Mer Océane, comme on appelait l'Atlantique au temps de Christophe Colomb.

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