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Barnacle Geese

Barnacle Geese
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-25 9:24
Viewed: 2914
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are a lot of flying birds the last weeks. This is another of my contributions. Barnacle Geese on the way to their breeding places. Most of all I like the composition. I hope you like it too.

Flexibility and constraints in migration and breeding of the Barnacle Goose:
Maximising fitness means, to a large extent, optimising management of time and energy. This thesis investigates aspects of timing and resource acquisition and utilisation in the Barnacle Goose, Branta leucopsis during spring migration and reproduction. The Barnacle Goose population wintering along the Wadden Sea coast, and traditionally migrating via a stopover in the Baltic to its breeding sites in northern Russia, has shown some remarkable developments, among them, a geometric growth rate since the 1950s and a notable change in the timing of departure from the wintering grounds. Furthermore, long being regarded as an obligate Arctic breeder, within the past three decades this species has successfully colonised a wide variety of habitats at temperate latitudes, thereby shortening the migratory distances considerably or refraining from migration altogether.

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Hello Peter, excellent image of these geese. Wonderful moment.
TFS and regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-25 10:33]

Hello Peter
Wonderful! This species is very rare in my country. In this winter somebody saw one exemplar. Well done.

Hello Peter, superb action shot of these flying goose with excellent details. You frozed them well.
TFS and greetings,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-03-25 11:40]

Hi Peter,
A very good composition of the wild geese ...
Superb action shot of these flying goose with excellent details.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-25 12:00]

Hello Peter
This is a wonderful action shot. Amazing sharpness, the light really brings out interesting the colours of the birds. Great composition!
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-25 12:57]

Hello Peter,
Yes I like the composition of this shot showing a group of Barnacle Geese flying slightly away from the camera. They show up well against the OOF natural dark BG and the wing movement is great.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-25 12:58]

Hi Peter,

A lovely shot of these six geese well frozen in flight. I don't think I have seen this species before. Excellent colors (I love the blue) and sharp details of their faces and wings. How wonderful to capture a half dozen in one frame.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-03-25 13:26]

Hi Peter,

A wonderful Geese in a lovely formation. Great skill and timing to capture these.
Excellent natural colors and superb details of each and every one of them.

hello Peter!
excellent capture of the group in flight
perfect synchronization......

best sERGIO

Hi Peter, a superb in-flight shot of these beuties with wonderful POV and nice details.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-25 19:46]

Hello Peter,
This is an incredible image, I love when color images almost look black and white. The composition and focus are splendid, great job Peter.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-25 20:46]

Hello Peter,
This is a very beautiful group picture, I like how they blend in the picture. Great sharpness, colors, and POV... Well done


hello Peter
a very good glance with particular result
splendid photo
best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-26 5:45]

Hello Peter,
A very pleasant action-shot you present here. The flight-formation of the geese is excellent (you clicked in the best moment) and what I like a lot is the similarity in color between birds and surrounding.
Beautiful and interesting picture.
Thanks and best regards

hallo Peter
super schot
op het juiste moment , ze allemaal pakken
mooie details van de ganzen
groetjes lou

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of these beautiful Barnacle geese. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

What a superb formation, Peter!
Indeed, your bird pictures are a joy to behold.
Five out of six of these Geese are synchronized in their flight. Fantastic shot with vivid details on their flapping wings.
I like the almost sepia touch to the picture.
Well done and best regards.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-27 11:34]

Hi Peter. I have not been around much for a few day to much work again so i missed this one. As you say in you notes the composition makes this a fine inflight picture. A very good sence of movement. With good detail well done TFs.
Hhave a good weekend.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-03-27 12:50]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful image.Very nice sharpness and colours.Very good composition.

Ciao Peter, fantastic capture of a lot of flying geese, perfect focus and splendid blurry BG, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
a beautiful group of Barnacle Geese in-flight, you have captured very well a great action, i love the grey colour tones like black and white, very good sharpness in a pleasant composition
Best regards
Have a good weekend

hello Peter

excellent photo of the Barnacle Geese in-flight,
fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness
and details of their plumage and wings, TFS


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-03-29 14:30]

Hi Peter , a good in flight photo of these geese , your use of a high ISO , has helped to stop their motion nicely and still make for a nice grain free image , I like how it is almost coming across like black and white , but with the small flashes of color in their tail feathers , thanks for sharing.


Buen encuadre y dinamismo en esta toma. Conseguido un efectivo contraste con el fondo y una luz ténue acertada.
Saludos Peter: Josep Ignasi.

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