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Goose in a Flap

Goose in a Flap
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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED, Digital RAW, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Richmond park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 13:47
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot this yesterday in Richmond Park, this guy caused a ruccus when another male came near him and his lady friend, he then proceeded to chase him off with a flurry of wings and a lot of flapping.

From RSPB:
Alopochen aegyptiacus

Related to the shelduck, this pale brown and grey goose has distinctive dark brown eye-patches and contrasting white wing patches in flight. It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state.

Where does it live? -
Lakes and gravel pits with short grass nearby for grazing, and large old trees with nesting holes. Frequents suitable parkland and wet woodland.
Same as breeding habitats.

Where to see it:
Seen frequently on ornamental ponds where it was originally brought. Now can be seen on gravel pits and lowland lakes and wetlands. The North Norfolk coast holds the highest numbers; also in areas like the Norfolk Broads.

What does it eat?
Seeds and grass.

What does it sound like?
Normally silent (apart from when it goes crazy like this then it's very noisy!)

When to see it:
All year round.


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  • Great 
  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-22 14:12]

Excellent action shot of this duck chasing :)
Great timing and compo.
Cheers :D

Excellent reflex during this collision. Running on water...with a strange face. I like this photo because it reveals many things that cannot be captured by the human eye

Hello Simon
He's an Egyptian goose (not sure what the 'trouble maker' is). A well captured moment with some good detail. It's a shame his face is in the shade but this is just my (humble) opinion.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Simon,
This is a great shot!
I like the most the face's expression, it's amazing!
I would like to see a close-up of it...whatever were happening, this guy took it very seriously.
Wonderful action picture, the way the wings were captured, and the water drops...full of movement.
An excellent composition also.
Congratulations, thanks for share this great shot and best regards,

Great action shot. I can almost hear the squaking! New favorite!

He's angry because you called him a duck (in your very first posting).
Don't tell him but biologists had an headache to classify this one as he is in between goose and ducks(based on biologic evidences). They eventually made him a goose.
Nice action shot.

  • Great 
  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-01-22 15:33]

Hi Simon

Superb action shot and captured at exactly the right time, great pose, I just love the expression on the Goose's face I can almost hear the screeching, nice details and great colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

  • Great 
  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-22 15:47]

hi simon,
quelle expression cette oie, c'est génial. Bravo pour la maîtrise technique pour avoir saisi ce moment décisif.


Hello Simon,
Action very well captured, and very well framed!
Awesome details, and one can read the anger in his face!
Pablo -

  • Great 
  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-01-22 17:50]

Very nice action! The face of the duck is something amazing! Well captured!

  • Great 
  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-23 2:10]

Hi Simon,
Nicely timmed capture, the action is good. The individual seems to be ringed.
Badruddin Ali

Nice shot Simon great decisive moment good movement captured and sharp head/body water drops well done I wonder if its a Ruddy shelduck looks tagged probably resident of the park some at Kew also rgds Necip.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-23 12:42]

Interesante captura en acción Simon con buenos detalles del cuerpo del ave gracias al buen timing.
Los vistosos colores del animal se perciben bien marcados, con apropiada iluminación y foco, aunque no cubre sus alas.
El efecto del agua en movimiento es muy agradable, con atinado encuadre.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Interesting capture in action Simon with good details of the body of the bird due to the good timing.
The showy colors of the animal are perceived very marked, with appropriate illumination and focus, although it doesn't cover their wings.
The effect of the water in movement is very pleasant, with accurate framing.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Wonderful action picture, the way the wings were captured, and the water drops...

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