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Brent Goose

Brent Goose
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geese from around the world. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-01 10:50
Viewed: 3637
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brent Goose
Branta bernicla
Length 56-61cm

A little dark maybe but I like it that way.

A small goose, barely larger than mallard. Winter visitor to Britain and Ireland from Arctic breeding grounds; present from October to March. Adult has black head and neck with small white collar; juvenile lacks collar in first half of winter. Dark-bellied race from Siberia winters mainly in S and E England while pale-bellied race from Spitzbergen and Greenland winters mainly in NE England and Ireland. Always found on estuaries and sheltered coasts. Diet mainly eelgrass but in late winter will feed on stubble or coastal grassland. Seen in large, noisy flocks, two important locations being Solent and N Norfolk coast.
If it wasn't for this bird my local premiership football team (Portsmouth) would have had a new ground years ago. The area that they wished to build it on was considered such an important site for Brents that planning permission was refused.
Photographed at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Arundel, Sussex.

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Some interesting colour fringing there between the dark wings and the white tail, it looks electric blue on my screen? Otherwise a good shot. It may have been an idea to crop this down top and bottom a little to make it feel wider

Nice shot Michael,
Good exposure, details and sharpness.
Thanks for posting

Hi Michael, lovely low perspective.
As Miles said there is a bit of purple fringing, I have noticed this on other peoples images that have been taken using the same lens!!
Exposure and detail are very nice.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-01 22:47]

L'éclairage et l'exposition sont parfaits. J'aime bien l'espace laissé à l'oiseau et la couleurs de l'eau.

Félicitation une belle composition simple mais efficace.

Very good sharpness and clarity Michael. Purple fringing aside, it's a great shot as it moves through the water..I like it..

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