Adult and juvenile white morph Snow GeeseAdult and juvenile white morph Snow Geese – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/200, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

While looking for the female Harlequin Duck that has been hanging around the Antelope Island Causeway the days ago I spotted two Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) near the shoreline but I didn’t see them soon enough to get images of them because they were in flight by the time I noticed them. The good news is that they stayed in the area and I spotted them again yesterday morning just as the sun was rising.

The sun hadn’t lit up the north side of the raised causeway when I took the image above but I loved the pastel blue water of the Great Salt Lake and that the geese were side by side.

Juvenile Snow Goose Juvenile Snow Goose – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

It wasn’t long before the sunlight reached the shoreline and the geese, it is amazing to see how much difference the quality of light can make in images. This juvenile white morph Snow Goose stayed close to the adult. It doesn’t look so “snowy” now but it will. I like the pied appearance of the immature birds.

Adult Snow GooseAdult Snow Goose – Nikon D300, f8, 1/800, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The adult Snow Goose has beautiful white plumage with black primaries, pink legs and feet with black toenails, black eyes and a pink bill with a black “grin patch”.

Juvenile and adult white morph Snow GeeseJuvenile and adult white morph Snow Geese – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 242mm, natural light

I was tickled to get these images and the others I created of these two Snow Geese yesterday, especially since they were close. The only other times I have seen them near the causeway they were in flight and too far away to get decent photographs. Maybe they will stick around longer and I’ll be able to take more photos of them!

Mia

13 Comments

  1. Julie Brown November 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Wonderful set of images, Mia. The Snow Geese are so cute. I would love to see this species close up someday.

    • Mia McPherson November 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Julie, Snow Geese are cute, especially that grin patch, it always makes them look like they are smiling. Thank you.

  2. Prairie Birder November 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Mia, I wish my pictures of Snow Geese were this great!

    • Mia McPherson November 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Thank you Charlotte, I have every confidence that your images of Snow Geese will be this good.

  3. Syl Lobato November 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    The photos are so good..I have not seen snow geese since moving from the Klamath Falls area in Oregon. Great job.

  4. Tami November 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Neat to see these birds in such detail. Really beautiful, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson November 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Thank you Tami, I was happy they stuck around for these photos and for the sun to light them up.

  5. Hilke Breder November 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Fantastic images, Mia. Beautiful light!!

    • Mia McPherson November 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Thanks much for your comment Hilke.

  6. Azstu November 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Wonderful. My first reaction when I saw the juvenile in the 2nd image was that they are wearing tight fitting wellington boots 😉 Great Lighting in these images.

    • Mia McPherson November 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

      You made me laugh Stu, yes, tight fitting Wellies! Thanks for your comment.

  7. Bob Bushell November 16, 2012 at 6:52 am

    The Snow Goose, precious photos.

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