Geese at Enchanted Forest Park

 
 
 
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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – ENCHANTED FOREST PARK, FL

The word goose (plural: geese) is the English name for a considerable number of birds, belonging to the family Anatidae. This family also includes swans, most of which are larger than true geese, and ducks, which are smaller.

The term goose applies to the female in particular. The word gander is used for a male in particular. Young birds before fledging are called goslings. A group of geese on the ground is called a gaggle; when geese fly in formation they are called a wedge or a skein.

Goose is the common name for large wild and domesticated swimming birds related to the duck and the swan. Strictly speaking, the term goose is applied to the female and gander to the male. In North America the wild (or Canada) goose, Branta canadensis, is known by its honking call and by the migrating V-shaped flocks in spring and fall. Other wild geese are the brant (any species of the genus Branta, particularly B. bernicla ) and the blue, snow, and white-fronted (or laughing) geese. Among the domestic geese are the popular Toulouse (or gray) goose (descended from the graylag, Anser anser, of Europe), the African goose, the Embden goose, and the Asian breeds (developed from the wild Chinese goose). Geese were raised in ancient times by the Romans and other Europeans and were sacred in Egypt 4,000 years ago.

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    13 Comments

     
    1. Roy66 says:

      Impressive work! I don’t impress easy.

    2. Alan Hochman says:

      Thanx Davena

    3. Robert.Lenny says:

      How long have you been taking these photos?

    4. Stephen.Grimaldi says:

      I luv your photos

    5. tia barnard says:

      I have a question for you. I saw you pic here and i have had one like it willingly following me around. I was down by the lake that I like when she or he showed up. well it took a liking to me. I’m guessing someone has been feeding it for some time now and ever since I fewd it. It’s been looking for me and even follows me home. I dont mind it much I think it pretty cool. walks be side me and everything. i would like to know if its male or female. how can I tell the difference? It’s a beautful bird. I hear others but they dont come around like this one does. please leave me an email to what might give me a heads up on what he or she is. thanks so much….

    6. Pattie1545 says:

      Love your photography!

    7. Alan S. Hochman says:

      Tia
      Observe behavioral patterns to determine sex. Male geese are likely to hiss and puff up at your approach, while a female continues to graze or rest. A male by itself is often standing guard for an unseen female. A female by itself may be nesting. She will be sitting in a hunched position, and may extend her head low to the ground if threatened.

      Determine the gender of a goose by examining the genital area. Holding the goose belly up with the head toward you will reveal the cloaca area. Within the cloaca, a male bird will possess a penis-like structure of approximately half an inch long, while a female will exhibit no such structure, but a flattened area instead.

    8. Anna.Soriota says:

      Stunning photography

    9. BobbyS says:

      Impressive indeed Alan

    10. DonnaW says:

      Love it!

    11. Melissa S says:

      Awesome capture. So love these elegant birds. Thank you so much for sharing!

    12. nancy says:

      I’m loving your photos!!, and am so jealous I want to get back into photography. I was into it for a while and lost my camera & equipment so I have to get some funds in order to start photographing again. Your photos really make me want to start taking pics again. thanks for sharing them.

    13. Alan S. Hochman says:

      Thank you Nancy!
      And you will get into photography one day.

     

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