Friday, 6 May 2011

Canada goose


Another of the birds that frequent the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Saltaire, this one is a Canada Goose (Branta canadensis).  They are native to North America (in case you hadn't guessed!) and were first introduced to this country in the 17th century, apparently initially as an addition to King James II's waterfowl collection in St James' Park in London.   They are now all over the place, often in large flocks that can be a bit of a nuisance, noisy and creating a mess of droppings.  There are only a couple of birds in Saltaire I think, but they tend to hang around with the little flock of greylags that I wrote about earlier. Not dissimilar in their overall body colouring, the Canada geese have distinctive black heads with a white chinstrap, and a black tail.  Unlike the swans, the geese seem to be happy to 'pose' for the photographer.

This one is going to get its fifteen minutes of fame as an entry into James' Weekend Reflections, over at Newtown Area Photo.

27 comments:

  1. Oh, a mirror image indeed! What a perfect reflection capture for the day, Jenny! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  2. Perfect, I like the bit of vignetting and the refection is like a mirror.

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  3. Wow....this is so perfect. If you were to print it out, you probably couldn't tell if it were right side up or upside down. Great one.
    I'm having trouble getting to your site thru the linky. Do you want to check to make sure it's right? I had to come thru another way, and I'm really glad I did. It would be a shame for others to miss such a wonderful image.

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  4. Perfect! No ripple, no wave. It seems as if the bird has no weight! Amazing shot! Have a nice weekend!

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  5. Amazing reflection! They certainly can become a nuisance when there are too many in one area.

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  6. I love the geese in the water

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  7. Perfect! I love when the water is like a mirror!

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  8. That is such a perfect mirror effect... Great job !

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  9. This is a wonderful photo!

    p.s. your link didn't work but I fixed it.

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  10. Great reflection and I like the angle you shot the Canada goose from.

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  11. Wow, amazing reflection. It's perfect.

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  12. I like the richness of the blue water. And the reflection if like glass. Nice picture.

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  13. A pair of Canada geese used to raise a brood on my aunt and uncle's 'pond'. Apparently, they are extremely good parents!

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  14. This is a beautiful portrait.

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  15. It's funny to visit a blog from another country and see our native goose! They are messy, yes, but beautiful in their own right. I love that they are a harbinger of spring here!

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  16. Postcard perfect. Enjoy your time away!

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  17. Brilliant shot, very well done!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

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  18. Beautiful reflection shot! Love the pale "halo" like background, the goose just sat for a pose for your camera!

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  19. thats brilliant.
    loved the reflection... such a clear shot.

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  20. we have a lot of them too. You have a great shot of it. :)

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  21. A goose on a mirrow! :-) Gorgeous image, perfect reflections, Jenny!

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  22. Outstanding! Love this one. ~Lili

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