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Canada Geese are back !

Finally the Canada Geese are back here in Canada, it’s just the beginning but it’s one of the best sign that spring is here. I visited some places i knew where they like to stop during their migration to see if i could get some photos. I come home with not so interesting photos but always fun to be out and observe that spring migration after a long winter.

The most interesting photos i made were taken with my 90mm Macro lens of the carcass of a dead Canada Goose. In the coming weeks i will be concentrating my photography on Canada Geese while waiting for the frogs to come out. This year i will try to show them in their habitat when possible to show how much they are during the migration.

BTW, all the photos were taken with my Pentax K50 and Tamron 90mm Macro.

Frosted feathers.

Close-up of a paw of a Canada Goose.

Another frosted leaf.

 


Canada Geese out of the water.

Canada Geese during spring migration can be found eating grass and can be photograph even if it’s not the best looking environment. Try to make the most out of the situation by doing close-ups or getting interesting interactions.

Canon 7D with 400mm/5.6L, tripod, RAW.

Canon 7D with 400mm/5.6 L and TC-1.4X II, tripod, RAW.

At the end of my photo session the 2 Geese were quite close.

Canon 7D with 400mm/5.6L and TC-1.4X II, tripod, RAW.

Not my sharpest shot but i like it.

Canon 7D with 400mm/5.6L and TC-1.4X II, tripod, RAW.


The migrating Canada Geese.

Every year the Canada Geese migrate to warmer climate in autumn and come back in spring to nest here in Canada. They are millions to breed on our land (lakes, ponds etc…), they had some up and down in populations during the history of Canada.

They certainly make a great subject for the wildlife photographer because you can take photos of them in different environments as well as in flight, you can take them in couple or when they all eat in the fields of the local farmers.  They have a personality that i like, but they can be very aggressive between each others.

The more you photograph them the more you learn their body language and can anticipate their next move. When they swing their beak up and down and you hear their  “Honk … Honk … Honk”, you can be sure they are ready to take off,  so be ready. In autumn during the hunting season it can be difficult to get close to them, a hide might be your best bet. I found them easier to get close during the spring migration in my region.

Seeing those big birds flying over me and hearing the sound of their wings and their “Honk” as they pass by me is always an experience that i will remember all my life! I hope that i will be able to enjoy photographing them and share the Canada Geese migrations with my kids for many more years to come.