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May I Help You?

May I Help You?
Photo Information
Copyright: Jim Pinkham (jpinkham) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: HP Photosmart 945
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/340 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Canada Geese [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-05 23:50
Viewed: 3244
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Canada Goose helped indeed, allowing me to get closer than I ever have before, inches away on the edge of a pond.

Our part of Wisconsin is prime habitat. According to the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources: "When you look at a large flock of Canada geese, they all look pretty much alike; grayish-brown body feathers, white underside from the neck to the tail, long black neck and head with a white chin/cheek patch. In North America, there are at least 12 different groups of this species, each having a different breeding and wintering area and they travel different migration routes. In Wisconsin, you may see four different sub-species of the Canada goose. The "interior" Canada geese are more commonly seen during peak migration times 'just passing through.' The "giants" are commonly seen year-round. The largest of the sub-species, they weigh up to 18 lbs. Giants can be seen in city settings hanging out at park-like ponds and open areas with mown grass. The city goose population is growing fast. Some people like to feed them, others think they are a nuisance. The other two sub-species, the "lesser" and "Richardson's" Canada geese are uncommon. They are very small geese, about the size of a small duck. They nest in Alaska.

Many of Wisconsin's Canada geese belong to the "Mississippi Valley Population," called MVP. These are geese that exclusively fly from Canada through Wisconsin along the "Mississippi River" flyway which includes Horicon Marsh and other south-eastern Wisconsin refuges. Wildlife biologists know this because they track the birds by placing bands on their necks and legs.

There are more than 1 million Canada geese in the MVP, with about 100,000 - 200,000 stopping at Horicon Marsh each fall. Flocks select a wetland area and stay near there for 6-10 weeks to refuel and rest during their long journey. While there, they eat grass and grain. Each goose eats about ½ lb. of food per day. That's a lot of food! If goose populations were not controlled by our hunting season each year, they would eat themselves out of house and home."


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Well composed image. Lovely POV and great eye contact with the subject. I love the patterns in the water. Focus seems a tad off, the head is not quite sharp enough but that could probably be corrected with editing. Perhaps could benefit from a slight adjustment in contrast levels to lift the colors a bit?

All in all, a lovely photo, though. TFS, Mish

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-07 23:49]

Hello Jim

A lovely shot of this Canada goose.Great eye contact and wonderful detail in the plumage.Excellent POV and DOF.Well composed .TFS


hello Jim
belle photo, un peu sombre a mon gout mais cela doit venir de mon écran
tres drole ces ronds dans l'eau
bien vu, bravo et merci

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-05-08 14:27]

Hello Jim,

You chose a excellent model for these wonderful picture, the goose look very well to the camera, the eyes are very important, also the small waves in water gives a nice to the picture. TFS.

Best regards,

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