Greater White-Fronted Goose

This is what most of my summer has been devoted to.  The Greater White-Fronted Goose.  That and a number of other research subjects, but this is the only one I got a good picture of so lets just concentrate on that.  We were conducting preliminary research on nesting success in order to try to get funding for future projects in the area.  This was taken in early June when the snow was still melting in most areas up here along the arctic coast.  This meant that the geese had very few areas free of snow to land and even fewer areas with open water.  To get these first two shots I just stood by a pond and waited for the geese to drop by.  They didn’t seem to be disturbed by my presence at all.  When I first walked by they all flew away but after I stood there for a minute they all came back and acted completely normal.

Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3

1/500 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100

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Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3

1/320 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100

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This last image is of a female White Fronted-Goose incubating eggs on her nest.  Part of our research has been to find and monitor their nests.  This is a good example of how we would find a nest.  The female would drop her head long before we could ever see her and she would remain completely still until we were about 10 yards away before flying away.  If you can’t see her she is around the middle of the photo.  She looks like she might just be a clump of dirt (which there are plenty of around here and they look exactly like this).  Spotting these birds wasn’t always easy but you eventually get the hang of it.

Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3

1/320 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100

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One thought on “Greater White-Fronted Goose

  1. So interesting. It must take a lot of patience to find them and to photograph these animals. By the way, why is there a Visa ad on this post? I hope they are paying you!

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