Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

February 6, 2011

Canada Goose sequence

Filed under: Birds, comparisons, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light — richditch @ 6:43 pm
Canada Goose

Canada Goose

I mostly ignored Canada Geese as photo subjects once I got beyond my beginning birder days in New Jersey – they were just too abundant and easy to shoot to hold a lot of interest for me then.

Here in AZ they haven’t yet become the nuisance they are in the mid-Atlantic states – they even get reported when on shows up in a park in Tucson! Here in Phoenix their numbers have grown a lot in the 16 years I’ve been here, and they are now regular at the Gilbert Water Ranch where this sequence was taken.

Since I’ve cut back on bird listing and devoted more time to bird photography I’ve become more interested in all the species, including those that I’d grown complacent about over the years. That definitely includes the large and slow Canada Goose.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

This goose was far enough from its companions that I could take some solo shots and record the nice light of early morning and the resulting monochrome look of these understated browns and tans.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

One of the strong advantages of working from a tripod as I did here and do almost all the time is maintaining precise framing over a series of shots. A tripod is especially helpful when there’s little margin for error: I certainly didn’t want to cut off the goose’s head when it finished preening.

01/28/2011 @ 8:25 am, Nikon D200, 300/2.8 AF-S lens with TC20E (2x) converter,



  1. Hey Rich! Beautiful pictures, as usual. I don’t know if you’re interested, but I was driving west on the 202 at the 101/202 stack and an adult bald eagle flew across the 202 south to north. He/she swooped down into the wetlands just north of the 202. It was beautiful. I wonder if they’ve decided to nest down there. They have Tempe Townlake for feeding grounds. What do you think?

    Thanks Rich!

    Comment by Robin McEntire — February 10, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  2. Thanks for the eagle report.

    Bald Eagles had a nest just north of the Salt River on reservation land last year so this could be one of those birds.

    I’m always surprised to see eagles around the Phoenix metro area. They are often seen in winter around some of the larger lakes in Scottsdale, and Tempe Town Lake and the marsh at the east end often draw them as well.

    Comment by richditch — February 10, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

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