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Ocean Lake Goose

Ocean Lake Goose
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1982-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K1000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-22 6:06
Viewed: 3361
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ross's Goose (Chen rossii or Anser rossii) is a North American species of goose.

The American Ornithologists' Union places this species and the other two "white" geese in the genus Chen rather than the more traditional "grey" goose genus Anser.

This goose breeds in northern Canada and winters much further south in the continent in the southern USA and occasionally northern Mexico.

Well it may breed in Canada but in the winter, they come down to the northern coast of California to familiar locations. This particular location is a small lake which is a tidal pond. Half the time it is mostly saltwater and other half runoff from a large creek. It is dammed on the ocean side enough to keep it as a lake but not enough to keep out ocean water which rises above the dam. It is only a few hundred feet from the edge of the sea. I went to this particular location 3 times per week to have some sandwiches in the car and at times walk along the beach. I always carried a camera...which is almost redundant with me. It is rare that I have ever been without a camera. Heck....I have a camera when I go to get the mail from the mailbox!

This particular goose saw me but it was actually quite a ways out in the lake. I was sitting in the drivers seat of the car with front door open and a tripod on the film camera. I used a 135mm lens, Vivitar. The picture came out as sharp as they can get for a Vivitar lens. And there is no distortion of distance, with perhaps the depth of field showing in the reeds which grow in the lake. This picture is an 8x10 which is in my catalogue. I scanned it for this upload with the 800 film/print scanner. It was slightly sharpened. The original was cropped by my processor.

Nobody has ever asked me what the marks are on the goose, at the waterline of the body. I have frequently wondered myself. Since this picture was taken at the end of winter, I suspect the goose had been with a gaggle of others near the east side of this secluded lake, where it is fairly scummy water. My other guess is that the flight back to Canada or where north they disappear to in summer, washes off the spotting...or perhaps the goose takes a dip in the pacific before its return...a once a year bath?

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Hello Bob
What a wonderful shot of this Ross's Goose ,
Perfect focusing, BG and lighting,
Intersting note, Superb shot,friend.


Another beautiful shot. Your photos are always great...but more than that, they stir feelings. There is contentment in this particular shot. This is a feeling I'm trying to create in my own life - to be happy just paddling along, no reason to rush. :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-22 6:30]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot of the Goose. Fine exposure and sharp details. Set against its natural habitat it looks majestic. I like the reflections on the water throughout the frame. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-22 6:31]

Hi Bob,
I've never heard of a Ross's Goose.
It looks like a Greylag Goose only white.
Sharp and detailed with a great composition.
Well done,

Hello Bob,
a spectacular scansion, it seems a digital shot! It is swimming, but also looking at you, ... the Ross's Goose wishes to feel safe! Great sharpness and it remembers me some tale I heard when I was child... Wonderful.

A photograph taken by a Pentax K 1000.I just recalled the year 1975, when I first touched a SLR camera (in India that time it was a costly affair), that was the same model.That time I had a less known Toykoflex (TLR) model and and a rolleicord. At a function one snapshooter requested me to click his photograph with a state minister and handed me his own camera.Like my own Nikkomat FT2, this K-1000 never betrayed.And the Goose didn't betrayed you to grab 10 points. Please accept 2 more from me.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-24 15:36]

Beautiful bird...Nice POV...soft Earthy color...TFS

bonjour Bob

belle photo avec un bon focus, dommage que l'on ne vois pas
le relfet de cette oie dans l'eau car l'image aurait était encore plus belle



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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-29 13:49]
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Hi Bob
I got several very good shots of a trio of geese very similar to this but with blue eyes. Body size was larger than the Canada Goose, so I am still uncertain as to whether to post it lest it be a domestic!!

Great composition and details here, with well-handled whites.

Hi Bob,

A good close-up image of the Ross goose which is not disturbed by the presence of the photographer. The subject is well framed. We can see with precision the details and colors of the bird. Thanks for sharing.


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