Montana Outdoors

May 4, 2011

New family in the neighborhood.

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — montucky @ 10:20 pm

Canadian Geese and goslings

The light was all wrong for this photo but somehow it is still haunting me at the moment. Perhaps it’s just the water.


  1. I donΒ΄t think the light is wrong, it helps create a mirror image of the plants ( is rush the word?) which makes a total “background” for your subject, the little ducklings. It is a very sweet photo. We too have many kind of ducklings right now, especially in the moor close to my home. And goslings, strongly protected by their parents, many runners have learned about this. πŸ™‚


    Comment by Giiid — May 5, 2011 @ 5:07 am

    • I admire the Canadian Geese for their family instincts. They are great parents!


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  2. I love the reflections and the family highlighted in the center. There is something about each new season of goslings that bring out the “awww” factor. And the “awe” factor, too!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 5, 2011 @ 5:42 am

    • The reflections attracted me, but I thought the family didn’t show up as well as I would have liked. Perhaps it is their camo.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 10:30 am

  3. I rarely get to see that here. We have plenty of geese but they are considered a scourge.
    My town goes around to all the rivers in spring and waxes the eggs so they don’t hatch. Cruel, I know, but they are prolific and very messy!
    Nice photo though!


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — May 5, 2011 @ 5:47 am

    • We are very rural here and folks just put up with the mess; same with the wild turkeys, which are even messier.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 10:32 am

  4. Definitely a springtime photo. I love how protective geese are of their young. Both parents are always on duty. It’s nice to see. Love the lily pads. My water lily just started to bloom in my little pond on my patio.


    Comment by anniespickns — May 5, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    • The growth of those lily pads just exploded within the last week, after we had a little sun. I admire the goose families. They form very close bonds with their mates and it carries over to their whole families.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 10:34 am

  5. Oh..ours are due any day!! They are so sweet when they’re like this. Love it!


    Comment by Marcie — May 5, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    • These are the first that I’ve seen, but there will be hundreds more along that wetland. THey are pretty easy to see in the hayfields along the water, but one can’t always catch them afloat.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 10:35 am

  6. I really don’t know much about lighting or photography in general, but, AWWW, that’s is just sooo sweeeet… I love it! Just look at all those teeny tiny babies! =)


    Comment by Tricia — May 5, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    • Yes, the little ones are sweet. I am impressed with how well they handle themselves in the water so soon after hatching.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  7. Awww… darling family!! The photo is perfect to me! πŸ™‚


    Comment by Barbara — May 5, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  8. Hi Montucky, Wonderful in spades! We are still expecting our Canadian Goslings here but mama is sitting on her nest next door just at the shoreline. It won’t be long. Glad you have the new babies! Have a fine day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 5, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    • I would have thought they would be ahead of ours in your area. These are the first I’ve seen here and they may be early I suppose.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

  9. It is a wonderful shot. I know what you mean about the light, but the reflection makes up for it. I hope Mama got that last duckling scooted up around her. What a mother’s day shot!


    Comment by sandy — May 5, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    • I hadn’t thought of that, but it really is a good Mother’s Day shot!


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

  10. What a sweet family. I like the lighting but then I’m partial to contrast; you have to look a little harder to see them and then they’re beautiful.


    Comment by Candace — May 5, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    • They are beautiful birds and the goslings are cute. It appears best to me when I sit far back from the screen.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

  11. looks like a beautiful day in the neighborhood!


    Comment by silken — May 5, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

  12. I’m hoping to see a family soon on the pond next to us. A goose has been sitting on her nest for the past several weeks. What a cute little family!


    Comment by kateri — May 5, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    • I’m sure these are just the first to hatch here. There are hundreds of geese nesting no on all of the ponds and marshes and the river. It should be a good year for the geese!


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  13. I know the light problem very well, but one has to take photos if something happens. I think that Your photo is success.

    That is beautiful photo and the item itself is interesting.


    Comment by sartenada — May 5, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    • Thank you Sartenada! The photo is in a natural setting and you are right.


      Comment by montucky — May 6, 2011 @ 9:01 am

  14. It is tough when the family refuses to cooperate with the photographer. However. the background and foreground is top notch. Must have been hard to paint that on muslin fabric. πŸ˜‰


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 6, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

  15. I have a similar picture of a goose family taken last spring at this time. After seeing your picture, I had to go looking … I could not find a goose anywhere and they are usually everywhere.
    Maybe our cold weather made them go else where this year … or they are just late.

    You have proven that everything does not have to be perfect to get a great shot.


    Comment by bearyweather — May 7, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    • I’d guess they are late. Ours were too. I haven’t seen any other babies so I think this pair was early. Hard to tell though: this year has been extremely unusual in every respect.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  16. Montucky, this is a gorgeous capture. I love the lighting with the mirror image. A keeper, for sure. πŸ™‚


    Comment by Anna — May 9, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    • I think the water saved the photo: I liked the reflections.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2011 @ 9:14 am

  17. The light may not have been right for getting the geese (especially their dark feathers) perfectly exposed… but the image is absolutely lovely anyway! Gorgeous reflections and I quite like the light as is!


    Comment by Victoria — May 9, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    • I like the reflections too, and I’ve found that it looks best if I sit back away from the screen.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  18. When I read the heading, I opened the page expecting to see a family of foxes, or maybe skunks. I do like you picture, you are too harsh a critic on yourself. (Most of us would kill to be able to take photos like your “rejects”!)
    BTW, did you see the photo spread in Sunday’s Missoulian (May 22) of the fox family living in a neighborhood west of Missoula?


    Comment by Kim — May 23, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    • I did see that! They can sometimes do well in urban areas. Remember the fox on the golf course a year or so ago? There was a den for several years about a half mile up the river from my house but they have gone: I’m afraid the highway was their demise.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

      • I have a friend who lives by the Canyon River golf course and last time I asked, the ball-stealing fox was still a fixture, and teaching her kits to retrieve gold balls as well!


        Comment by Kim — May 25, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

        • I’m happy to hear that, and also that they are being tolerated. Pretty famous foxes!


          Comment by montucky — May 25, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

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