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Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-05 6:33
Viewed: 3986
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Egyptian Goose
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.

Seen frequently on ornamental ponds where it was originally brought. Now can be seen on gravel pits and lowland lakes and wetlands. They are flourishing throughout Western Europe.

It is difficult to identify male and female Egyptian geese. Both sexes look alike, although females are often slightly smaller. So, researchers identify males or females by sound. Though Egyptian geese are not very vocal, during times of stress or aggressive behavior, it's easy to distinguish males and females by their sound. Only males emit a raspy hiss, while females produce a loud cackling sound like 'honk-haah-haah-haah.'

One of the best times to witness the respective sounds of Egyptian geese is during their times of nesting. A mated pair is very protective of their territory and nest. The pair aggressively vocally defends it against intruders, and if necessary, will attack.

Interesting Facts
Introduced into Britain in the 1700s, a population of about 500 feral Egyptian geese still thrives in the UK

Egyptian geese perch easily in trees and usually roost in them, often returning to the same spot each night

Thought to be sacred by ancient Egyptians, they domesticated these geese and illustrated them frequently in their art

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-05 7:06]

Hi Debz,
a lovely shot of this unusual goose.
Where in London did you find him/her?
+++ Exceptional clarity that conserves a tonne of detail and keeps the edges nice and crisp.
An effective eye-level POV.
Vivid colours and perfect lighting.
--- Nothing :D
Well done,

Hello Deborah,
Seems you find em everywhere though and it can be quite noisy as well.
Good image; you can detect the contrasting patches very well..

hello debz,
fine shot of the goose, the colours look lovely, well composed shot, sharp image with good details, nice eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-05 8:50]

Hi Deborah,
excellent details and a great job on the exposure too. I like the timing with his Beak half in the eater and the composition is good too. Well done.

Hello Debz,
This is a superb shot in low pov!
perfect sharpness, superb colour and so much details
the exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done indeed
all the best and have a wonderful day!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-05 11:11]

Hi Debz. A great shot of this Goose one i have not seen in the wild so thanks for posting. You have captured it with fine detail in the feathers. good natural colours. and good use of the light. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Deborah,
I know this goose from my fishing sea. Very good POV, freaming and sharpnes. Very good colours and composition. Thank you.

Hi debz, lovely goose in great inusual pose with splendid details, superb colors and excellent sharpness, lovely composition with beutiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-05 15:26]

Hi Debz,

A lovely shot of this goose that is new to me. Colors are beautiful and details are razor sharp. He seems to be enjoying the water.


Hi Deborah,
this is an interesting goose and one I have never seen before now.The light was good in this shot and you have nice colour with good detail.This goose has some interesting textures to it's plumage and that is the nice thing about so many waterfowl and this one you have caught very well.Thanks for the view. Bob

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-05 18:45]

Hello Deborah

They have very beautiful plumage for a goose.
The POV is very good,the plumage detail is sharp and the colours are well saturated.
Nicely placed in the frame.The reflection of the sky on the water is beautiful.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-05 22:46]

Hi Deborah

Lovely POV and composition. The exposure and detail are very good.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-06 0:27]

Hi Deborah,
Splendid shot of this Goose with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. The lighting and expsoure are superb and the rippled waters looks beautiful and presents a fine effect. I like the intense look on the eyes. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Deborah,
Unusual striking pose of the Goose.
Very sharp and colourful with good definition. I love the smoothy type water in the background. Goose a bit right in the picture I thought otherwise super.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-07 4:35]

Hello Deborah,
I like these Geese, we get them here occasionally too. You've caught this one in a nice pose turning its head. Sharp details and fine colours. The reflections of the sky in the water makes it look clean!
Many thanks, Ulla

You have a very fortunate capture here Deborah. The position of this duck really makes the photo.
Well...so do the details in focus.Excellent DOF throughout the entire bird.

Quel superbe POV vraiment magnifique, les détails et les couleurs sont extras.

This image is P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N.
Just as Johnny Walker you are getting better & BETTER with
--- EXPERIANCE, not to say the dirty word "age".
OUTSTANDING photography.
Loved your notes too.
Your Canadian friend who loves birds.... of all sorts.!!!

Cool capture Deb - I like the lower POV and unique pose here..
I especially like the composition, perfect placement of the bird in your frame IMO. The exposure, DOF, color, and detail looks very good to me also :)
Have a great day,

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