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Greylag Gosling II

Greylag Gosling II
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm Hoya PL-CIR
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-11 4:10
Viewed: 3793
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greylag Gosling

This Gosling is of the same family as 'Under the Wing', they are growing fast and they all have, so far, survived.

Physical appearance
The Greylag is a large goose, 74–84 cm (29–33 in) long with a 149–168 cm (59–66 in) wingspan and a body weight of 2.3–5.5 kg (5–12 lbs). It has a large head and almost triangular bill. The legs are pink, and the bird is easily identified in flight by the pale leading edge to the wing. It has a loud cackling call, kiYAAA-ga-ga, like the domestic goose.

The western European nominate subspecies, A. a. anser, has an orange-pink bill and is slightly smaller and darker than the pink-billed Asian race, A. a. rubrirostris. Eastern European birds are often intermediate in appearance.

Range and habitat
This species is found throughout the Old World, apparently breeding where suitable localities are to be found in many European countries, although it no longer breeds in southwestern Europe. Eastwards it extends across Asia to China.

The geese are migratory, moving south or west in winter, but Scottish breeders, some other populations in northwestern Europe, and feral flocks are largely resident. This species is one of the last to migrate, and it is thought that "greaylag" signifies in English "late", "last", or "slow", as in laggard, a loiterer, or old terms such as lagman, the last man, lagteeth, the posterior molar or "wisdom" teeth (as the last to appear), and lagclock, a clock that is behind time. Thus the Greylag Goose is the grey goose, which in England when the name was given, was not strongly migratory but lagged behind the other wild goose species when they left for their northern breeding quarters.

In Great Britain they much declined as a breeding bird, retreating north to breed wild only in the Outer Hebrides and the northern mainland of Scotland. However, since the 1930s and 1960s feral populations have been established elsewhere, and they have now re-colonised much of England. The breeding habitat is a variety of wetlands including marshes, lakes, and damp heather moors.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-11 4:33]

Hola Deborah,
sensacional trabajo,
detalles y nitidez,
preciosa iluminación y pov,

Hi Debz.
Beautiful lighting on the gosling with great detail and colour, pin sharp, all spot on. The ripple of water from his beak is a nice touch adding a slighty distorted reflection of him.

New Zealand

Hi Deborah,
A very beautiful portrait of this young gosling. Very nice composition, details and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-11 4:53]

Hello Deborah,
Very fine close capture of this little one. Excellent sharp details and fine colours. I like the keen eye and the sharpness of the wet beak. Lovely reflections in the blue water too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-11 4:56]

Hello Debz,
This is a superb shot of a Greylag gosling. The lighting, colour, sharpness, detail and composition are all first class. Nice to see the eye in such detail.
Great work!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hello deborah,
nice capture, sharp image with excellent details, the fur looks lovely, colours are natural and the sky makes a beautiful goregroung & background, the effect of light on the water and the reflections make your shot even more attaractive, nice eye contact,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-11 5:15]

Hello Deborah,
MAgnificent capture of this cute gosling.Details are amazing.I liked framing,colors,clear eyes and composition also a lot.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-11 5:44]

Hi Deborah

A great composition with lovely colours and focus.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-11 5:45]

Hi Deborah.
Excellent sharp this detailed portrait of this cute gosling.Wonderful blue color of water and superb light.So beautiful.Great composition and POV.I like his feathers a lot.Fantastic shot.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-11 6:08]

Hi Deborah,
This little fellow is so cute! I really like the POV, it really shows off the details in the feathers. Rich colors and immaculate sharpness.

Hello Deborah,
Gorgeous image you are showing us here.
What a cute, but also a little sad looking chick this is.
Razor sharp and full of wonderful details in the soft hairy feathers.
Looks like it does need a hairdresser :)
I also love the catchlight in the eye and reflection very much.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards, Harry

Impressive close-up...Great detail and POV...Colors are excellent...TFS

Hello Deborah,
Very good gosling image.
Compo, sharpness, colours, reflection,etc..everything is okay.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-11 8:08]

Hi Debz,

A beautiful close-up of this adorable gosling. I love the plummage, the face and the cute eye. Excellent colors and details. Lovely reflection and ripples in the water.


There is nothing to say left. Subject, composition, sharpness and colors are all perfect.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-11 10:40]

Hi Debz

These are so lovely with the big eyes and fluffy heads. The sharpness and details captured here is superb. Colours and light are both very attractive. The reflection is nice as well



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-11 12:42]

Hi Debz. good to see a picture from you. the little greylag has grown. very nice colours and lightin his eye. fine detail in the feathers. the refection look great. very well done TFS. great notes too.

Hello Deborah,
A very attractive fellow!
This young fellow gives a new meaning to the term "fluffy"...
Well composed presentation, lovely close-up work and great natural colours!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Deborah...it is incredible, the perfect focus of this photo. Like you could reach out and touch it.I think the colours are as true as can be.The half crop is the thing to do here!
Have a nice week end:)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-12 1:06]

Hi Deborah,
Exquisite shot of the Gosling. Lovely colours and sharp details on its plumage and spot-on focus. Awesome lighting and the intense pose is superbly illustrated. The rippled water as BG and the reflection is just marvellous. Excellent POV and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Deborah
Excellent portrait of this Gosling,
Perfect details,composition and reflection,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-16 20:42]

Hi Debz,
Lovely picture, very nice details and reflection. I’m glad to hear that Graylag Goslings are doing well.
Regards, Mario

Hi Deborah,
Spot on. It has everything it should have.
Colour, Detail and sharpness.
Very well done.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-20 8:25]

It doesn't get any better when it comes to perfect focus and perfect exposure. The water is such a beautiful shade of blue. Your composition is outstanding! I can really appreciate the outstanding technical qualities of this photo. Congratulations!

Hi Deb,
WOW! that is a great frame filling shot. Beautiful soft light and a spot on exposure. The colors are excellent, and detail is just really sharp! Also a very high cutness factor makes it impossible to resist.

Hi Deborah,
What an excellent moment in time.
I think it's just perfect..Really :)
Thank you for this wonderful image today.
Have a Great Weekend,

Good morning, i writhe in Italian because mj english is very bud.
Molto simpatche e tenere queste tue molteplici foto di "papere", ben riprese con i dettagli tutti al loro posto,mi piacciono molto in generale anche i toni dei colori.
Un cordiale saluto-Ciao- Pierdamiano

Hi Deborah,

A great picture, with fantastic resolution. Looks like you did very little cropping? It is so easy to crop too much. Well done!


bonjour deborah
ce portrait est magnifique et tres mignon,bonne netteté et beaucoup de details.

hi deborah!
beautiful portrait on this little
beauty with very good quality!
well done!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-13 7:45]

Hello Deborah

Wonderful deep colours,the focus is razor sharp with excellent details and sharpness.Well done.TFS


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-09-22 21:05]

Beautiful portrait of this little baby. Excellently captured Debz, and he/she is so winderfully sharp. It stands out so well on the blue water.

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