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Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-02-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC RW10 iii, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-06-23 8:19
Viewed: 292
Points: 8
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I think this is the most common bird in the area where I live. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of them stay the year round in the meadows and waters in and around my village.
A pest for the farmers. They eat the grass and cover the meadows with their droppings.

The Greylag Goose (Anser anser) is a species of large goose in the waterfowl family Anatidae and the type species of the genus Anser. It has mottled and barred grey and white plumage and an orange beak and pink legs. A large bird, it measures between 74 and 91 centimetres in length, with an average weight of 3.3 kilograms. Its distribution is widespread, with birds from the north of its range in Europe and Asia migrating southwards to spend the winter in warmer places.
Greylag geese travel to their northerly breeding grounds in spring, nesting on moorlands, in marshes, around lakes and on coastal islands. They normally mate for life and nest on the ground among vegetation. A clutch of three to five eggs is laid; the female incubates the eggs and both parents defend and rear the young. The birds stay together as a family group, migrating southwards in autumn as part of a flock, and separating the following year. During the winter they occupy semi-aquatic habitats, estuaries, marshes and flooded fields, feeding on grass and often consuming agricultural crops.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Nice details of specie wide spread in Romania especially in Danube Delta.

An amazing communicative-image...every details and compo with such a short time of imaging are excellent well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-06-23 12:31]

Hi Peter,lovely portrait of this greylag goose,i like a lot the head position,wonderful sharpness till on the in flight drops,very well done! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
Beautiful portrait. Excellent composition, and everything else (sharpness, details etc.) is great here as well. Effective photo, beside the above I also love the water droplets, especially that one which is just falling into the water and leaves a miniature, temporary crater on the water surface... Perfect shot, congratulations!
Kind regards, László
PS: a little further to the west, in Ireland, this species is much less common. I've never seen any here, although I do much more birdwatching than I did at home in Hungary (where this species is frequent, nevertheless).

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