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This beautiful gander was relaxing in the afternoon sun on the shore of a small lake. Every morning the flocks nosily approach and land as they migrate south in anticipation of the approaching winter. Not a small bird by any standard .He sits here soaking up the warm sun but is alert to everything moving around him and the slightest hint of disturbance will have him up and in the water.

Canon Rebel XSI, Lens Canon 100mm – 400mm
by Regina, Saskatchewan Canada

My Thanks to National Geographic Wild

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Average life span in the wild:
24 years
Body, 30 to 43 in (76 to 110 cm); Wingspan, 4.2 to 5.6 ft (1.3 to 1.7 m)
6.6 to 19.8 lbs (3 to 9 kg)
Group name:
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Illustration: Goose compared with adult man

The ubiquitous Canada goose is one of the best known birds in North America. It is found in every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province at one time of the year or another.

Canada geese are adaptable to many habitats and may thrive wherever grasses, grains, or berries are available. Because of changing weather, settlement, and farming patterns, many Canada (not “Canadian”) geese have begun to alter their migrations. Typically, the birds summered in northern North America and flew south when cold weather arrived. This cycle endures, but some northern populations have shortened their flight to traditional wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and Mexico. Other Canada geese have become permanent residents of parks, golf courses, suburban subdevelopments, and other human habitats across much of North America. In some areas, such as airports, they are so numerous that they are considered a nuisance. Just 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement in a year.

When the birds do migrate, they form impressive and aerodynamic “V-formations.” They can cover 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) in just 24 hours with a favorable wind, but typically travel at a much more leisurely rate. These noisy groups honk their way along established paths that include designated “rest stops.” These social birds remain in flocks year-round, except while nesting.

Canada goose populations represent a successful wildlife protection program that revived dwindling numbers in the beginning of the 20th century. The birds were guarded by law and even reintroduced in some areas where their numbers had become low. Today the geese are a popular game bird, and some management concerns center on keeping populations in check because of their detrimental effect on crops

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Leslie

  • Thanks for the kind comment and Wonderful banner Larry! Both are appreciated! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the Banner Ray. I always love to receive it. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Leslie! And a great write-up to go with it! Nicely done. :o)

  • So many thanks Deb. I appreciate the great comment. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Great shot Leslie,…The Canada Goose is beginning to be somewhat of a pest down here in the states,….we may have to start having,… Goose Thanksgiving,…LOL,…But then were also seeing wild turkey`s all over the place too,….

  • John I know exactly what your saying but they are a gorgeous animal all the same …. however we don’t have any Wild Turkeys in our neck of the woods (no pun intended) so I wouldn’t mind seeing s picture of those if you wouldn’t mind. Thanks for the comment and the fave :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture.

  • Carol I always appreciate you visiting and wonderful comments :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 3 years ago

    Hope you were at the 400 end of the lens Leslie, as these birds aren’t always receptive to getting close. Anyway, terrific pic and merits a fave Sweety. XOXO, ♥♥Ron♥♥

  • Yep, definitely on the right side. He wasn’t a small fellow. LOL Thanks so much Ron and for the fave :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    21 September 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Many thanks for this banner Konstantinos :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • reflector
    reflectorover 3 years ago

    A great animal. Excellent clarity and visual impact!

  • Many thanks James and for the Fave as well. So appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    well I don’t think he sees you sis. His eyes couldn’t care less about that big lens, lol.
    He’s a beauty

  • Thanks Sis. No I he didn’t know I was focused on him LOL. Otherwise he would have been off . :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Wonderful lighting on this gander!!! I can feel the sun!

  • He was so enjoying his time in the sun Cee.. Thank you for stopping in :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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