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Old Jan-09-2009, 06:07 PM
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Specklebelly Geese
Greater white-fronted geese (commonly known as specklebellies) from last spring. Still going through files from then

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The feet are really that orange. No increased saturation in PP. Just cropping, a bump in contrast, and USM.





In this shot it's easy to see why they are called specklebellies. Not easy for a hunter to mis-identify these when they're landing in the decoys.

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Old Jan-10-2009, 03:45 AM
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Very nice captures Dan. I've not seen these geese before.
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Old Jan-10-2009, 06:26 AM
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Very good set. I especially like the last one with the two coming in for a landing. When they are wintering down south their colors certainly do not pop like that.
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Old Jan-10-2009, 06:44 AM
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Very good set. I especially like the last one with the two coming in for a landing.
...very nice.
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Old Jan-10-2009, 07:12 AM
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...very nice.
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Old Jan-10-2009, 07:22 AM
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Thanks for the comments, folks. I'm running out of files to scour through for lost images. I hope we get a break in the weather soon

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...When they are wintering down south their colors certainly do not pop like that.
I've seen some photos posted of specklebellies wintering down south and the legs look more yellow. I know a lot of birds light up during mating season so maybe that's what's going on with these guys Whatever the case it makes them easy to spot amongst a flock of Canada geese.
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Old Jan-10-2009, 09:02 AM
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Greater white-fronted geese (commonly known as specklebellies) from last spring. Still going through files from then
Hi Dan, Very nice shots. I've never seen Specklebellies before, another new critter for the memory files. My favorite is #3, very nice shot.

How cold is it up there.. I heard 40 below.. brrrrrrrrr
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Old Jan-10-2009, 09:19 AM
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Thanks, Chris. We haven't seen it above -30F for three weeks now. As low as -50. We've had a continuously moving forecast of relief in three or four days. They'll be right sooner or later. For sure by May.

I fired a whole sequence of shots of those two landing. Unfortunately I was using a Nikkor 80-400 which is the old slow mechanical drive AF and this is the only one that was reasonably in focus. A couple of the other shots had better wing position but just were beyond recovery with my level of PP skills.
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Old Jan-11-2009, 08:20 AM
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Good captures, especially #3.
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Old Jan-11-2009, 08:40 AM
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Thanks, Harry.
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