Goose!

Don’t talk with your mouth half-full, fill it up – or so my dad used to tell me.

 

Cape Barren Goose - Kim Wormald

Cape Barren Goose
Canon 5DIII, 1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 800

 

I’ve taken many images of Cape Barren Geese; it always pleases me to see them as they were so near to extinction just a few decades ago. It seems odd to have birds that are grazing creatures, in fact when watching them I often think their faces look like goats’ faces. I took these images from the boardwalk at The Nobbies on Phillip Island and was pleased when this bird decided to call while I was tracking it with the camera.

 

Gosling portrait - Kim Wormald

Cape Barren Goose – gosling
Canon 5DIII, 1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 800

 

There were four goslings in the family, darting around among the grass and salt bush. This little one briefly came so close that my only option was to try a portrait image. It’s often tricky to get images of ducklings and goslings that look focused as their fine down moves in the slightest breeze. Luckily I had the camera set to 1/1600 second so the tiny feathers have retained some detail.

I’ve been picking up some new equipment recently and a few people have asked if I buy online. I prefer to purchase locally whenever possible. I phone around for prices and have found that the smaller, independent stores are often able to match or beat prices, which is handy for ease of collection and for backup if something goes awry. And it feels good to support local businesses.

Thank you all for the great feedback about last week’s post, Pardalotes tunneling  Every time a new ‘like’ or message pops up I whisper a little thank you, I was especially grateful to be cheered up last week.

Happy birding, Kim

 

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