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Comments (17)

Wil en Ed on October 6, 2008

Beautiful matching colors. Nice reflection. Good shot! Gr, Ed.

David “Pintor” Villa… on October 6, 2008

Nice reflection, greetings david.

U.A.B. on October 6, 2008

Very interesting work!!Greetings ,sadass.

Frank Knaap on October 7, 2008

HEY did you ringed (banded) them? Marilyn. Please take care!!! Never ring a goose......Great picture!!!

:) Frank.

Vyacheslav L on October 7, 2008

Third excess!

Greetings, Vyacheslav

H.J. van Zyl on October 7, 2008

Get your 'ducks in a row'! Greetings from Cape Town (again) Johan

A.SKINNER on October 9, 2008

Splendid! Marilyn beautiful reflective qualities. Regards, Anita

©junebug on October 9, 2008

Lovely picture, Marilyn! I love the ducks and their reflection in the water! Cheers, Anne

Marilyn Whiteley on October 9, 2008

Thank you, Ed, David, sadass, Frank, Vyacheslav, Johan, Anita, and Anne for all your nice comments.

I wonder how old they were when they got the rings around their legs. If they were young, the parents would have objected--strongly. And if they were adults, they would not have been happy about it, I'm sure. I hope whoever banded them was wearing a strong suit of armor!!

Cheers, Marilyn

Syl de Canada on October 10, 2008

Hello Marilyn Beautiful ducks, reflection and picture! Cheers, Sylvie

Nawitka on October 10, 2008

I love this one, Marilyn, the reflections are great. The birds are showing a lot of personality too, they are certainly annoyed at you, but not annoyed enough to move!

The easiest time to band them is during the moult, which is a few weeks after the goslings hatch. The adults lose their flight feathers, and the goslings can't fly yet. Here is some Goose Info from the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Some bands have a cut in them; they can be crimped on an adult bird with a special tool; and it probably takes at least two people to do it. Some bands are entire, and these must be slipped on the babies just after hatching. My guess is that these bands are the crimp-on type.

Marilyn Whiteley on October 10, 2008

Thank you, Sylvie. I'm glad you like it.

And Nawitka, I'm glad you enjoyed the "personality" as I did. Thanks also for the information. That's an excellent link. I'll make sure that Paul in northern California (Coal Miner's Boy) sees it; in connection with an earlier photo, he was surprised when I said that some Canadas winter here.

I also appreciate the banding information. The man across the road from our place in Wisconsin was an active bander of gulls, and my father went out with him once. I've also seen a good presentation of banding small birds using mist nets to catch them, but I'd never given a thought to banding geese. I have, however, seen them in "protector" mode, and I wouldn't want to argue with one then!

Andre Speek on October 11, 2008

Do I see some Dutch influence here as well...? :D

Jan de Boer on October 11, 2008

Wonderful photo of these very beautifully coloured birds. Beautiful details! Lovely! Jan

Marek Zdziechowski on October 12, 2008

fantastic galery

Marilyn Whiteley on October 13, 2008

Thanks, Andre, Jan, and Marek. I thought they posed nicely in the morning sunlight!

((Ospr3y)) on November 20, 2009

Awesome gallery, Marilyn!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 6, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/10/06 09:54:59
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 66.17mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash