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*Here they come!*

*Here they come!*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-07-30 11:19
Viewed: 3858
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
...and now for something interesting.

I was quite thrilled when i saw a pair of Egyptian Geese
swimming on the Rhine in cologne in april.

Yesterday i was back there, "hunting" for ducks and
waders, and i saw them again, this time they there
were 7 of them - 2 adults and 5 juveniles.

It seems that these neozoons (invasive animals) have
slowly formed a stable population along the rhine from the 1980s on.

Standing in Line

Take off


The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member
of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in
the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae, and is the only
extant member of the genus Alopochen.

This 63-73 cm long species breeds widely in Africa
except in deserts and dense forests, and is locally
abundant. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and
south of the Sahara. It has also been introduced
elsewhere; Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany
have self-sustaining feral populations, the former
dating back to the 18th century, though only formally
added to the British list in 1971. In Britain, it is
found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes.

The sexes of this striking species are identical in
plumage, though the males average slightly larger.
There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone,
with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is
not sex or age related.

Egyptian geese typically eat seeds, leaves, grasses,
and plant stems. Occasionally, they will eat locusts,
worms, or other small animals.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Goose]


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Hi Thorsten,

nice shot from thes Nile geese.
Indeed the population grows in the Netherlands with 17% each year.
Fine saturated colours.


Hallo Thorsten,

Die Enten (Egyptian Goose) sind ganz schön dick aber drollig. Die Aufnahme ist sehr gut gelungen, besonderes weil die Lichtverhältnisse einfach stimmen. Gut gemacht.

Vielen Dank für diese aufheiternde Aufnahme.

Viele Grüße,
Paras Bhalla

Hello Thorsten
Bien vu ce groupe de canards, la netteté est bien réussie

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-30 11:54]

Hi Thorsten . I bet you were pleased to see the birds with their young family. Taken with warm colours and fine detail. I like the pose of them all heading towards you. well done TFs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-30 13:12]

Hello Thorsten
Nice capture of these invasive birds. Well done

Hola Thorsten,
Bonita y simpática pose, con interesante POV buena definición, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-30 14:57]

Hola Thorsten.
Great Photo. Seems that everyone here want to be in TN.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-30 16:13]

Hi Thor,

A beautiful family of Egyptian Geese coming right towards you. You captured the whole group with natural colors and excellent details. The eyes, beaks and feathers are wonderful. A fine composition of them in the inviting looking water.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-07-30 23:15]

Hi Thor,
A great arrangement of this Egyptian goose family.
I have never seen the juveniles of his species.
The light is beautiful, and the details very sharp.
I like that each goose is actually facing you at a different angle,
but you can see the eyes of each one.
A great shot.
TFS. : )

Hi Thorsten,

Lovely capture of these Geese. Very nicely presented and framed. Nice sharp image. Very well done!


Ciao Thorsten, beautiful composition with lovely family, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Witaj Thorsten
Beauty scene. Nicely showed. Colours and sharpness very good. Description is attractive me. It is interesting.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Hello Thorsten
superb shot of this duck family, very beautiful frontal view
wonderful details, light, and colors, i like the composition and the water movement
Have a great WE

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