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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 1, Peek A Boo, Family Matters 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-29 3:29
Viewed: 4233
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Canada goose
Branta canadensis

Canada geese are monogamous. Pairs form during the winter, during migration or on their wintering grounds, for the next breeding season. Mated pairs may stay together for more than one year, sometimes staying together for life.

Males fight over females with their wings and bills. The winner approaches the female with his head down and neck undulating. He makes hissing and honking noises. The pairs mate either before or after they have found a nesting location. Mating, occurs in the spring on the water. The female is usually partially submerged or completed submerged while copulation takes place. The average clutch size is five eggs, although this size ranges from 2 to 9 eggs. The incubation period lasts 23 to 30 days.

Females incubate the eggs, choose the location for nesting, and even build the nest without males. Males defend the territory, nest, and eggs from intruders, such as other geese. Female Canada geese pick nesting sites that are isolated but have good visibility. This allows them to readily see danger approaching and to be difficult to get at. The nesting area also must have open water with low banks so they can have access to water plants and places to get into or out of the water. Swamps, marshes, meadows, lakes, and other such areas are among some of their favorite nesting spots.

Nests are very simple and are made quickly. Materials that are used are weeds, twigs, grass, moss, needles, and other such materials. After some collection and building, female geese round out a curve or depression with their bodies. They drop the materials around themselves and move the items to get the best fit. From time to time they round out the center with their chests or feet. If there are no items of vegetation the nest may only be a depression in the ground shaped by their chests and feet. Once the eggs are laid, the nest is lined with feathers and down. Down insulates against extreme warmth as well as cold, stabilizing egg temperature.

Incubation must occur immediately after the last eggs are laid. The female turns the eggs regularly to maintain the heat necessary to allow for hatching. The offspring hatches via an egg tooth on top of its beak to crack open the shell. Goslings keep cracking open the shells until they are completely free between 24 and 48 hours later. All of the eggs in the clutch are fully hatched within 24 hours. Goslings within a clutch usually have a sex ratio of 1:1.

After the eggs hatch, the family group (the offspring and parents) leave the nest for good and start to travel to their summer locations. Family members will generally remain in the same group together. Both males and females feed and guard their young. Upon hatching, young Canada geese are able to follow their parents around and leave the nest.


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A lovely capture. A couple of the young are slightly burnt, but it's still a really great shot. You are very lucky, so far I have only seen one baby coot.
Thanks for posting.

This is a vrey funny shot :) it really looks like he is playing peek-a-boo with the babies :)

great scene, good composition :)


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-29 3:44]

Hello Manyee,

This is a very funny and cute shot! It looks like the little ones give light, so bright and yellow are there fluffy feathers. Very nice! Well composed and good colors. TFS!


Very pleasant capture to look at Manyee. I agree with Julia about the burning of the yellow on the young birds but it is not really important here. The dof is good showing plenty of details and the colours look very natural. I like the calm atmosphere.

Cute yellow chicks Manyee. Their down is very bright. Nicely composed. Very interesting note. Well done. Thanks

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-29 5:09]

Oh Manyee, what cute little baby swans. And mama looks like she's even keeping her eye on them from under the water. Their colours are super. Well done.

Very cute Manyee.
I didn't know that Canadien goos had yellow young birds.
It's some OE, but good composition , nice colours and details.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-29 11:38]

Agréable photo pour ces petits canetons tous mignons. Dommage que la cane est la tête dans l'eau.
Nice picture !

its lovely picture
very very funny capture
great scene and good composition

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-29 13:21]

Wow Manyee!
What a nice shot.Cute babies,reflection on water are superb.Great composition!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-13 12:50]

I like the contrasts in colours and the composition. This is a typical "mother and children" portrait.
Well done.


I have alot of these in my front yard but never seen the babies..oh my gosh they are sooo cute! what a great photo!
Donna :o)

Great and so sweet capture.Nice colours too.Best regards.Alin.

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