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Look I have teeth

Look I have teeth
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Funny Faces, Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-20 6:42
Viewed: 4997
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) is found in freshwater swamps, usually within 300 km of the northern and eastern Australian coastline. Although it once inhabited inland swamps of southern Australia, most of those populations were hunted to extinction by European settlers in late 1700s and 1800s. Draining of swamps for agriculture also contributed to the speciesí demise in the south.
In northern Australia the species is common and can occur in flock up to 80,000, those numbers decline markedly south of the Queensland Ė New South Wales border. Hunting is no longer a threat, but with large areas of freshwater wetland gone forever, itís doubtful the species will recover in the south of the country.
Magpie Geese feed on aquatic vegetation, especially the bulbs of rushes, but also seeds and grass stems. Despite an extensive literature search, I couldnít find any information on the teeth-like adaptation on the bill; presumably its an adaptation for grinding the rushes and seeds prior to swallowing, but I donít really know.
This one was taken at the Shortland Wetland Centre near Newcastle, and Iíve added a shot of the whole goose in the workshop if youíre interested.
Thanks for looking.

dew77, LCannon, Fisher, marhowie, elefantino, Hil, pilonm, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-20 6:55]

Hello Chris,
Excellent portrait.POV,simple BG,3D effect,expression on face,clear details,sharpness,framing and composition are wonderful.

What a lovely portrait, I've never seen one of these geese before so your information and photo are wonderful. I love the coloring and the look in his eye. He does look like he's about ready to take a bite out of you! Well done.

Hi Chris,

Excellent portrait and well done on the details and composition.


Hi Chris,
Well done on all counts,
Great shot!

Hello Chris,
Excellent close up. Remind me of Donald Duck and keep me smiling. Very good pov and composition. Sharpness is great. Well done.

Hi Chris, amazing details in this portrait.
Colors and light are great.

Hello Cris, what an excllent Portrait, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF Perfect details, very crisp, TFS Kyle

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-20 19:09]

Hi Chris

Great Close up shot, he does look ready to have a peck, like the sharpness, detail & colours.

TFS Hilary

Wonderful portrait photo, brilliant composition and POV! The colors are rendered superbly natural! TFS - Xplorator Radu

Hi Chris

This is a great shot. Excellent POV, nicely composed. Good OOF BG to compliment the shot. Well done. :-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-21 6:27]

Hi Chris!
Funny shot, funny bird. Great POV and BG, Goose looks almost like some kind of dinosaur.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-07-21 12:41]

Hello Chris,

Fantastic close-up of this goose! You managed perfectly the exposure in order to see clearly the different black tones! Details are awesome for we can see the filtering system of the beak! The lovely blurry green bg complimets very well the goose too! Finally, the colors looks very natural! Superb shot and TFS!


Hi Chris,
Fantastic shot! Very sharp image, superb clear details, very nice colour and excellent background.
Very well done!

Hi Chris,
this is a great shot. The DOF is very good, the bird standout very well from the nice BG.
Good details and nice colours.
Great work, mf.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-29 8:45]

Hi Chris.
Excellent close-up. You have selected POV and cropping perfectly. Great details and sharpness Owing to what excellent similarity to model is reached :))). Perfect done and TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-15 14:58]

Hi Cris
Nice portrait shot. Great sharpnes, colours, details, light, BG and POV.
Well done Chris


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