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Flight Of A Mystery Goose

Flight Of A Mystery Goose

This unexpected extreme light grab-shot with the sun almost behind the horizon may not be the best in a technical sense, but worth formatting and presenting.

At first glance this appears to be a Canada Goose in flight, but seems to have traits of a Greater Snow Goose - a possible hybrid?

And to think, I had completed my day and was walking/limping back to my car when the bird decided to pass over my head.

Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens with 1.4 lens extender @ 1/800, f5.6, ISO 640.

Cropped for framing/composition purposes, brightened up and contrast increased due to poor light - but in this case the increase in noise is worth it.

The background was despeckled and a blur brush was applied, but I decided to keep what little detail there was in the bird by not despeckling at the price of more noise.



Postscript: Thanks to Louise Simard who runs a Quebec rare birds sighting web site (, who informed me that the bird was reported by photographer Norman Trudel and is probably a hybrid between a Canada Goose and a Greylag Goose.


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Simon 11-Jan-2011 00:57
Canada Goose and Speckle Belly Goose Mix. 100% sure of it..
Simon 11-Jan-2011 00:56
Canada Goose and Speckle Belly Goose Mix. 100% sure of it..
Dominic Cantin29-May-2010 16:45
Nice shotMike of a rare bird !

Dom :)
Gordon W27-May-2010 14:26
Excellent capture!