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Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)

Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-12 1:39
Viewed: 1040
Points: 20
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bathing day.
The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. They have been raised for food and extensively bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. Because of their popularity chiefly as ornamental bird, escapes are common and small feral populations have become established in Western Europe.
The Egyptian goose is believed to be most closely related to the shelducks (genus Tadorna) and their relatives, and is placed with them in the subfamily Tadorninae. It is the only extant member of the genus Alopochen, which also contains closely related prehistoric and recently extinct species. mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data suggest that the relationships of Alopochen to Tadorna need further investigation.

Its generic name is based on Greek ἀλώπηξ ('alopex') + χήν ('chen') = "fox-goose", referring to the colour of its back.
It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, hence the English name.It is 63–73 cm (25–29 in) long.

The sexes of this species are identical in plumage but the males average slightly larger. There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone, with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is not sex- or age-related. A large part of the wings of mature birds is white, but in repose the white is hidden by the wing coverts. When it is aroused, either in alarm or aggression, the white begins to show. In flight or when the wings are fully spread in aggression, the white is conspicuous.The voices and vocalisations of the sexes differ, the male having a hoarse, subdued duck-like quack which seldom sounds unless it is aroused. The male Egyptian goose attracts its mate with an elaborate, noisy courtship display that includes honking, neck stretching and feather displays.The female has a far noisier raucous quack that frequently sounds in aggression and almost incessantly at the slightest disturbance when tending her young.(wikipedia)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-12 2:05]

Hello Sigi,
Excellent action photo in superb details and beautiful colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-12 2:41]

Hi Siggi,very nice anc curious capture of this goose in the washing moment,perfect timing and impressive sharpness despite the fast mouvement,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Siggi, the action and colours of this photograph are fantastic. A very well capture! Cheers.

Siegfried: Wonderful is your picture! Colour; Sharpness in action; Plant uptake magnificent surroundings of the Egyptian Goose; frame; capturing the chromatic richness of plumage; anyway; a big; great; great; GREAT job, mate.

Hernán Bortondello

Ciao Siggi, gret capture of lovely goose, fantastic drops, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Delightful action shot, Siegfried.
The water scattered by the Goose in its bathing action is so well captured.
A well composed shot.

Hello Siegfried,
Beautiful photograph of the Egyptian Goose. Nice and natural color with nice action in water. Splashing water looks nice too. Like atmosphere here.....
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-12 19:01]

Hello Siggi,
This colorful Egyptian Goose seems to really be enjoying itself as it splashes in the water. Such an array of contrasting colors makes up it's plumage. You managed to capture good eye contact as well as freeze the action in this attractive shot. Colors are well saturated yet natural and the exposure is right on the money. Well done!!

hallo Siegfried
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2015-09-12 9:05]

Hallo Peter.
Pose,colors and sharpness are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
With best wishes.
With best wishes,Mishe.

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