Specklebelly Geese

NorthernFocusNorthernFocus Ignorance is truly bliss.Posts: 1,347Registered Users Major grins
edited January 11, 2009 in Wildlife
Greater white-fronted geese (commonly known as specklebellies) from last spring. Still going through files from then :dunno

Nikon D200 w/80-400mm VR

The feet are really that orange. No increased saturation in PP. Just cropping, a bump in contrast, and USM.

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In this shot it's easy to see why they are called specklebellies. Not easy for a hunter to mis-identify these when they're landing in the decoys.

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  • Jack'll doJack'll do Major grins Posts: 2,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2009
    Very nice captures Dan. I've not seen these geese before. thumb.gifthumb

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  • MaestroMaestro Amateur at best :-) Posts: 5,395Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2009
    Very good set. I especially like the last one with the two coming in for a landing. When they are wintering down south their colors certainly do not pop like that.
  • Ric GrupeRic Grupe Hampshire Prairie Posts: 9,522Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2009
    Maestro wrote:
    Very good set. I especially like the last one with the two coming in for a landing.

    15524779-Ti.gif...very nice.thumb.gif
  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 7,993Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2009
  • NorthernFocusNorthernFocus Ignorance is truly bliss. Posts: 1,347Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2009
    Thanks for the comments, folks. I'm running out of files to scour through for lost images. I hope we get a break in the weather soon eek7.gif
    Maestro wrote:
    ...When they are wintering down south their colors certainly do not pop like that.
    I've seen some photos posted of specklebellies wintering down south and the legs look more yellow. I know a lot of birds light up during mating season so maybe that's what's going on with these guys ne_nau.gif Whatever the case it makes them easy to spot amongst a flock of Canada geese.
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  • PrescottPhotogPrescottPhotog PrescottPhotog Posts: 1,174Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2009
    Greater white-fronted geese (commonly known as specklebellies) from last spring. Still going through files from then ne_nau.gif

    Hi Dan, Very nice shots. I've never seen Specklebellies before, another new critter for the memory files. My favorite is #3, very nice shot.

    How cold is it up there.. I heard 40 below.. brrrrrrrrr
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  • NorthernFocusNorthernFocus Ignorance is truly bliss. Posts: 1,347Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2009
    Thanks, Chris. We haven't seen it above -30F for three weeks now. As low as -50. We've had a continuously moving forecast of relief in three or four days. They'll be right sooner or later. For sure by May.

    I fired a whole sequence of shots of those two landing. Unfortunately I was using a Nikkor 80-400 which is the old slow mechanical drive AF and this is the only one that was reasonably in focus. A couple of the other shots had better wing position but just were beyond recovery with my level of PP skills.
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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,718Super Moderators moderator
    edited January 11, 2009
    Good captures, especially #3. thumb.gif
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  • NorthernFocusNorthernFocus Ignorance is truly bliss. Posts: 1,347Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 11, 2009
    Thanks, Harry.
    Dan

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