Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Snow Geese

 Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens)

This is the closest I've ever gotten to Snow Geese...and I used a long lens and cropped heavily...so I wasn't all that close.

A dull day with a few rays of sun shining through

There were only two in this pond with many, many Canada Geese. Here in a pond just north of Toronto if someone is lucky enough to see a Snow Goose, it's usually flying with a gaggle of travelling Canada Geese, which tend to be very alert and noisy if they see a human.

I wonder what they're looking at

I guess I was there long enough for the geese to forget about me. I was excited when I spotted the Snow Geese heading across the pond to a sand spit on my side. But they chose to stay at the far end of the spit, still quite far from me for great photos.

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

52 comments:

Gunn said...

Nice models you found.

Andy said...

They guys are on epic journeys and still have a long way to go.

Jeanne said...

Great shots and these are such beautiful birds. I say a whole field of these last year while driving down the highway.... stopped and got a few shots. They are lovely

Revrunner said...

I like the symmetry in that last shot.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Nice to see them. Very, very scarce visitors to these shores unfortunately.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Great photos of some amazing models!

eileeninmd said...

Congrats on your sighting.. They are pretty geese.. Great shots!

Kathy said...

I suppose I'll never see a snow goose in Texas. My loss.

Margaret Adamson said...

How wonderful to see and great shots these are.

see you there! said...

Such attractive birds. I'm happy you were able to show them to us even if it meant a long lens and cropping.

Darla

Sandra said...

they look a lot like domestic white geese but not quite the same. i have only seen wild geese twice, the kind that come down here for winter and fly back to you, green heads...

Pamela Gordon said...

Very nice captures. I've never seen one but I guess they don't range this far east.

Malyss said...

They make a beautiful couple !

Mary Hone said...

Love them. And we don't see them much at all.

TexWisGirl said...

how very pretty. i've seen them fly over here, but that's it!

Sylvia K said...

Great captures and they are handsome fellows!! Haven't seen any of these in Portland, but did once in Seattle. Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!!

Sharon Wagner said...

What a pretty pair.

William Kendall said...

They are very pretty!

Montanagirl said...

You did a great job with your photos. I've only seen Snow Geese a handful of times in my life.

DeniseinVA said...

They posed beautifully for you. I don't get to see Snow Geese so it's always fun to see them in your photos. Great shots!

Rebecca said...

I wonder if those are any of the ones I photographed on migration through Pennsylvania.

Ginny said...

What an awesome find! We have some white geese around here, but maybe they are not the snow geese? Now I will remember how these look and see if I can find any!

RedPat said...

I think your shots are wonderful, EG!

VP said...

White geese? Every day I learn something new about birds from your wonderful posts!

Shammickite said...

They look like a happy couple. I hope they stay and raise a gaggle of little snowflakes!

cieldequimper said...

Snow geese without snow. Sheesh... :-)

Felicia said...

they are very pretty.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful shots. I used to see large fields filled with Snow Gees in spring,but now I get excited to see one or two birds.

Adam Jones said...

Yet another bird on my must see list. You got some great shots of the geese. I'm very jealous.

Stephanie said...

They posed very well for your camera.

Birdman said...

No! No! No!
After this winter's accumulation of whiteness I can't even bare to look at anything with the word 'snow' in it. Sorry ducks!

A Quiet Corner said...

I have never seen one, so your pix are perfect in my book!...:)JP

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They Are wonderful birds ... I have been lucky enough to see them in person a few times and your pictures are just great!

Amy at love made my home said...

Great photos!! xx

Vagabonde said...

I have never seen snow geese before. How exciting for you to take their pictures. Even though you were far away as you said, your pictures turned out so well.

Michelle said...

They look very serious in that last shot.

Debbie said...

I see the, here in NJ and can get pretty close to them. They are very tame here because they hang in areas with lots of peeps!!

Debbie said...

I should proof read before I hit publish. I forgot to say great captures!!

Rose said...

I would be thrilled to be close enough to get shots even half this good. Love seeing them this close...and I think they are fine photos.

Randy said...

Cute couple.

Kay said...

They're beautiful! I'd love to see some of these birds. We've had small flocks of trumpeter swans fly through this region and I've managed to get about as close as you seem to have gotten to your geese...so near and yet so far!

Cloudia said...

Nicely shown




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

llandudnopictures said...

You did well to capture them at all, great series!

Giga said...

I am glad that you were able to see these beautiful geese. Regards.

maryaustria said...

Also a beautiful couple!

Chris Rohrer said...

Snow geese! They are so beautiful. Lucky you! Enjoy migration!

Marie C said...

Great photos! I missed the ones that were here I'm sure. Really beautiful birds!

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

You really like birds !

Small City Scenes said...

I like the Snow Geese. As you know zillions winter over here. I have never seen any in the water though---they just gobble gobble in the farmers fields until their go north. Glad you got some good pics.
MB

NatureFootstep said...

you did get some great shots anyway. It is a fine goose :)

bailey-road.com said...

NIce shots of these beauties.

José Mendonça said...

What a lovely couple(?)!

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