Bird Photography Weekly #36

Soft landings


Today we drove to the bird hide at the Breebaart Polder. I also wanted to get some pix of the yellow rapeseed fields against a blue sky. Yesterday’s pix didn’t turn out very nice: yellow against grey. We saw lots of Barnacle geese at the bird hide. They usually leave the Netherlands around this time of year, although some do breed here now too.

From Wikipedia: ‘Barnacle Geese breed mainly on the Arctic islands of the North Atlantic. They frequently build their nests high on mountain cliffs; away from predators (primarily Arctic Foxes and Polar Bears) but also away from food. Like all geese, the goslings are not fed by the adults. Instead of bringing food to the newly hatched goslings, the goslings are brought to the ground. Unable to fly, the three day old goslings jump off the cliff and fall; their small size, feathery down, and very light weight helps to protect some of them from serious injury when they hit the rocks below, but many die from the impact’.

Maybe this is why more and more Barnacle geese stay in the Netherlands to breed 😉

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18 comments

  1. That’s a beautiful image! Getting all three in focus is a treat. Love that beautiful water, too.br /br /Thanks for your comment. Glad to find your here.

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  2. That’s a beautiful image! Getting all three in focus is a treat. Love that beautiful water, too.
    Thanks for your comment. Glad to find your here.

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  3. Great shot!br /br /There was a wayward Barnacle Goose here in Maine over the winter.

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  4. Great shot!
    There was a wayward Barnacle Goose here in Maine over the winter.

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  5. Great photo! I love taking pictures of geese in flight and, even better, landing.

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  6. Great photo! I love taking pictures of geese in flight and, even better, landing.

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  7. Interesting birds. I like the photo – especially the bird that’s just out of the water.

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  8. Interesting birds. I like the photo – especially the bird that’s just out of the water.

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  9. Awesome capture Gwen! I love the pose of the one coming in for a landing. Beautiful.br /br /Interesting info on these beauties too. If I were them, I would definitely stay in the Netherlands!

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  10. Awesome capture Gwen! I love the pose of the one coming in for a landing. Beautiful.
    Interesting info on these beauties too. If I were them, I would definitely stay in the Netherlands!

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  11. Great shot, Gwen. I especially like the goose you captured with it’s wings flared.

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  12. Great shot, Gwen. I especially like the goose you captured with it’s wings flared.

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