|Copyright: Gerald Neufeld (gneufeld)
|Date Taken: 2007-04-18|
|Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 20:15|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This Canada goose female seen here is sitting on her nest presumable incubating eggs in anticipation of new little goslings soon. I happened onto this spot quite by accident so stayed well back and zoomed in for this shot. She never took her eye off me or moved in the 5 minutes or so I was in the area. And, she was being guarded by her mate, a picture of which I will post tomorrow.|
Canada geese normally form long-term pair bonds, usually at 2 or 3 years of age. There is a tendency for both sexes, but especially females, to return to where they were hatched when they begin nesting. Exact nest sites are variable among the different sub-species, but usually nests are located on slightly elevated ground near water. Canada geese regularly reuse old nest sites.
The number of eggs laid varies among the sub-species and ranges between 2 – 8 eggs. Eggs are generally laid in the afternoon and evening, about 35 hours apart. Only the female incubates the eggs. The length of incubation depends on the body size and how far north the nest is. For example, average incubation length in the Cackling Canada goose is 25 days, for the Richardson Canada goose it is 26 – 27 days and 28 days for the Giant Canada goose and Dusky Canada goose.
All eggs hatch within 12 – 24 hours of each other. Goslings are ready to leave the nest 24 hours after hatching and are able to walk, swim, feed and dive. In the fall, young will leave the breeding grounds with their parents. In the large-body species, young will stay with their parents throughout their first year.
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Love this shot. Nice colours, perfectly exposed. Nice DOF.
Love the bright green blades of grass behind the goose...
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This is a beautiful shot! Good composition, p.o.v. and colours.