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Red-breasted Goose

Red-breasted Goose
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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: 2009-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-22 6:41
Viewed: 3829
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) is a goose of the genus Branta. It is sometimes separated in Rufibrenta but appears close enough to the Brent Goose (Branta bernicla) to make this unnecessary, despite its distinct appearance.

The Red-breasted Goose breeds in Arctic Europe, often close to nests of large birds of prey, such as Peregrine Falcons. This helps to protect this small goose from predators such as the Arctic Fox. It winters in south eastern Europe. It is a rare vagrant to Great Britain and other western European areas, where it is sometimes found with Brent flocks.

All the species of the Branta genus are distinguished by their dark sooty colour, relieved by white, and as a distinction from the grey geese of the genus Anser. This species is unmistakable, but can be surprisingly difficult to find amongst Brent Geese due to its small size. The red also tends to look black at long distances.

The Red-breasted Goose is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. It was considered a Vulnerable species by the IUCN. Over 80% of the population roost during the winter at just five sites, with nearby feeding areas threatened by changes in land-use. In addition, there has been a strong decline in numbers in the last decades. As it is not clear to what extent the known population fluctuations in this species - as in other Arctic geese - and given the worsening outlook for the species as a whole, the Red-breasted Goose is uplisted from a species of Least Concern to Endangered status in the 2007 IUCN Red List.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter,

Lovely shot of this goose. Great colors and great detail on the bird.A nice blurred background as well.
Great capture and TFS


Bellisima toma de esta ave extraña y maravillosamente colorida. Enfoque y desenfoque perfectamente balanceados para resaltar la imagen principal, buen balance compositivo, buena elección del color de fondo que de tono neutro no distrae la atención del personaje principal. FELICITACIONES!!! Ya está en mi colección privada de fauna... gracias. Desde ARGENTINA, Hernán (nanreh).

Hello Peter,
to day we are neighbours; a superb portrait of the Red-breasted Goose taken from an ideal POV showing very well the splendid colourful plumage, very good sharpness and fine detail, a very nice composition with a beautiful dynamic posture of the bird
Best regards

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-22 6:54]

Hallo Peter.

Prachtige foto van deze gans. Hij is erg mooi gekleurd en alle details zijn prima te zien.
Prettige zondag nog.

Gr. Hans

Hi Peter,
this is a goose I wasn't aware of that is until now.Now that it is listed as endangered no hunting of it should be allowed whatsoever.When I first saw the thumbnail view I thought hey maybe that is a Harlequin duck drake but when I landed on this photo,it was a pleasant surprise.The colour and details look very good for what was a dull day light wise and the focus is sharp.The f-stop used has isolated the background out nicely so there are no distractions.I hope you can get more photos of this attractive goose in good light.Thanks for sharing this goose with us all.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-22 6:57]

Hello Peter,
A great portait of a fine specimen of a Red-breasted Goose. The POV, sharpness and colours are excellent and make a fine illustration of a species that occurs almost every year among flocks of Barnacle Geese and that i have seen but have never been able to get close enough to take a fine shot like this.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-22 6:58]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this goose.Colors,details,sharpness and catchlight in eyes are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-22 7:02]

Hello again Peter!
I love this Goose, a species we saw here a few years ago. Excellent capture showing its fine marking and colours and I like your timing!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-22 7:09]

Hi Peter. You are next door to day. I have not seen a Red-breasted Goose in the wild before so thanks for posting. Your side POV lets us see the feather markings with its red/brown colours. All with good detail and interesting notes. well taken TFs.

hello Peter

excellent photo of the Red-breasted Goose shot with
fine low POV at its level, fine DOF and framing,
the focus is superb with great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Peter,
A really wonderfull pf this foose capture with great coloration, backround and sharpness.
TFS and Regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-22 8:09]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful shot of this lovely red-breasted goose with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

hallo Peter
Ja,wat is deze mooi .
super mooie kleuren en goed van scherpte
ik heb ze ook in Artis gezien
groetjes lou
bedankt voor de fijne comments

H Peter,
this goose is lovely, never saw such a one before. It has a very short beak.
Thanks for sharing, enjoy the evening
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter,
Excellent shot of this beautiful goose. Nice composition and framing!
TFS and regards,

Hello Peter,
Lovely colours and amazing details of this goose.
Very nice composition.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-11-22 10:31]

What an interesting looking goose, Peter.
And a very pretty one at that!
You got a good POV on him to show off all the markings.
I always love meeting a new creature on TN.

Ciao Peter, lovely goose with splendid colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-22 11:05]

Hello Peter.
Great capture ,very good sharp and clear detail.
The pose is nice and the exposure is spot on. Great shot. Thanks for posting,
Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,

A great capture with beautiful colors, sharpness & details. Lovely POV, pose & composition. Well taken & presented.
TFS & regards.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-22 14:52]

Hi Peter,this is very strange,i never seen nothing like that..and your perfect pic in sharpness and colors is the best way to learn and discover this specie.Thanks for your work,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-11-22 15:41]

Slav Peter,
Good capture of the Red-breasted Goose with nice colors and perfect details.TFS.

Hallo Peter,

alweer zo'n mooie eend op de plaat.
Alleen niet in zijn natuurlijke omgeving maar wel mooi laag standpunt met veel detail.
Mooie kleuren.


Hi and Good Morning MF Peter,

Excellent capture of this pretty red-breasted goose from frontal POV with impaccable clarity and details.
TFS and have a nice week!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-11-23 5:05]

Beautiful species captured well with good colors. tfs.

hello Peter
tres sympa la photo
une bien beau plumage coloré une tres bonne nettetée

Hello Peter,

Nice picture, is very strong colors and bathed in a light well balanced. This photo has everything it takes to teach the characteristics of the species. Good work, well documented.



Hello Peter
this Red-breasted Goose is superb ! he have soo beautiful colors and the details are amazing, i like his pose walking in thsi grey environment
Have a good night

Hello Peter. Stunning catch of this cute Goose. Beautiful colours and nice composition..
Kind regards,

Hello Peter
Elle est magnifique cette "Bernache à cou roux" ( en français.
merci pour ce portrait et cette découverte, car elle est rare en France Amicalement

hello peter!
what a colourful an fine goose!
sharp and fine pic with good composition
well done!

Hello Peter,

A pretty bird striding along!
Excellent details in the plumage, and the pattern in the face is pretty interesting too...
Well framed with good colour reproduction!

Pablo -

Hello Peter,
Red-breasted Goose is one of my dream bird species. It rarely winters in Turkiye. But I have not seen it in nature. you are lucky to see it and captured it with a great capture. sharp details, colors, POV, composition and timing great. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-04 18:26]

Hello Peter,
Incredibly beautiful species I am seeing for the first time. Your sharp and detailed image provides me a great view, thank you.

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