Canada Goose landing on Willow Pond in Salt Lake County

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Canada Goose landing on Willow PondCanada Goose landing on Willow Pond – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I didn’t set my alarm clock last night because the forecast said it was going to be cloudy this morning and remarkably I slept later than I have in a long, long time so this will be a short post.

Even though Canada Geese are a common sight where I live and even though some people consider them pests I still love photographing them when the opportunity arises, especially if there is a chance for action shots.

Canada Goose touch down on Willow PondCanada Goose touch down on Willow Pond – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

When I had the opportunity to photograph this Canada Goose landing on Willow Pond I took it and I caught the goose as its webbed feet hit the water so that it looked like the goose was water skiing. I wonder if landing like that is as much fun as it appears to be.

This image was taken the middle of December when there was still plenty of open water on the pond. With the low temps we have had here in northern Utah the past few days there is only about a third or less of the pond with open water now. When I checked out the pond yesterday the geese, ducks and gulls were either bunched up in the open water or on the snow-covered ice resting. They have a long winter ahead of them.

Life is good.

Mia

2016-12-28T06:30:41+00:00December 28th, 2016|Categories: Birds, Canada Geese|Tags: , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Lois Bryan December 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Mia!!! Somehow I fell off your wonderful mailing list!!! Tried re subscribing up top but got some kind of odd note, so am checking the box below … fingers crossed!!! Hope all is well … I’ve missed you and your lovely blog post emails!!! Happy New Year!!!

  2. steve December 29, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Love the way you captured the light as it hits the underside of the wing revealing the detail of the wing . beautiful

  3. Elephant's Child December 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    LOVE the drama in these shots. Megathanks.

  4. April Olson December 28, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Beautiful photos and bird. After holding these animals they are remarkable heavy. It always amazes me they fly. Their wings are strong and thick too, which if they slap you, you will feel the punch. Still one of my favorite birds.

    • Utahbooklover December 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Wonderful images. At nearly 10-lbs they are heavy for a bird.

  5. Patty Chadwick December 28, 2016 at 9:29 am

    WOW! WOW! WOW! FANTASTIC!!!! The detail is amazing!!!! You are getting some incredible shots, with wonderful detail….I’m no photogeek, but it’s noticable even to me….

  6. Bob mcpherson December 28, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Beautiful photos, Mia. That Goose appears to be having fun.

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