I was wandering around Guindon Park, near the ski trails – lot of ponds and swampy bits – when I noticed this goose sitting on a dead tree branch just opposite where I was standing. Very effective camouflage because I didn’t see it until it moved. It was accompanied by two Mallard Drakes who swam away the moment they spotted me. Sort of a “Batchelor’s Club”, I think. Anyway, this goose was patient enough to let me move a bit closer, fiddle about with the tripod, take the camera off, tighten the mount, put it back on again, fiddle some more, reposition the tripod, adjust the level and finally take a few shots. I thank it, most kindly, for its forbearance.

Guindon Park, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
April 3, 2010.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300mm
iso 100, spot metered, F6.7, 1/200 second
And, yes, the tripod.

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 5 years ago

    lol Mike…. this goose was certainly patient with you while you “fiddled” about!!!! But a lovely capture!!!! Great POV (thanks to the goose) and DOF…. love how the colors are so close in intensities!!!! Perfect in my book!!! FAv!!!!
    ps…love the story!!!

  • Many thanks, Brenda, and I greatly appreciate the favourite, too! It was amazing how well the colours blended in at first. I was surprised to see it alone, because there must have been a thousand over the other side of the power dam, judging by all the racket they were making. Maybe it just needed a little peace and quiet. Then this noisy and annoying photographer came along….

    – Mike Oxley

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 5 years ago

    This honestly looks like a decoy, so surreal. Great image!!!!!!!

  • I thank you most kindly, Lee-Anne. I didn’t realise how “wooden” it looked until I downloaded it!

    – Mike Oxley

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 5 years ago

    Great shot, Mike! I almost had one bite me in the butt today! I had my back to the pond getting some shots of a woodpecker, my friend said “Um..Debbie? Behind you…” I jumped higher than I thought I could!
    I hate to say it about your lovely goose here, but he wasn’t being patient…he was mooching. When you didn’t come up with any food, he left! :D

  • LOL! Thanks very much, Deb. Beware the butt-biting gooses! This one was no mooch – it was across a pond, about 30 yards away and quite interested in my fumblings. I moved a little further along the bank to get closer and I think I overstepped the “safety” bondary, because it got down from its branch and went to join the mallards at the other end of the pond.

    – Mike Oxley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Dear Noisy & Annoying ~ The camouflage here is striking – & if you think a goose can’t be a mooch from 30 yards away, you have much to learn…. However, better the safety boundary than the butt-bite.

  • Many thanks, Sheila. I’ve seen my share of moochy gooses – there’s a gaggle of them (and ducks) in residence doon the park in town, where well-intentioned, but uninformed, folks feed them bread and other not-so-healthy offerings.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous Shot!! This time of the year they really blend well with the greys and golds of newly uncovered ground and marshes don’t they!!! wonderful work here my friend! ;]

  • Many thanks on all counts, Tracy! Your kind words of support and the favourite are greatly appreciated, my friend.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

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