Wondering If “My” Canada x Snow Goose Hybrid Will Be Back This Winter

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Canada x Snow Goose hybrid on a bright winter morningCanada x Snow Goose hybrid on a bright winter morning – Nikon D500, tripod mounted, f9, 1/640, ISO 320, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Recently I looked back through many of the photos I took last winter and came across the photos of the Canada x Snow Goose hybrid that I found last December at a pond near where I live and then I processed these two images to share. I’ve been wondering if “my” Canada x Snow Goose hybrid will be back this winter, if it will show up at the same pond and if I will be able to photograph it again.

I only saw it for two days last winter, once on a dreary, cloudy morning and once on a morning with bright skies and plentiful sunlight. My flight photos of the hybrid goose were taken on the first day I saw it when the light wasn’t all that great and I know that I would love to have the opportunity to takes images of it in flight again on a brighter, clearer day. It was such a uniquely beautiful bird.

Preening Canada x Snow Goose hybridPreening Canada x Snow Goose hybrid – Nikon D500, tripod mounted, f8, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I also wonder if you can shorten Canada x Snow Goose hybrid down to just “SnoCan”, I kind of like that name.

I know that some people don’t get excited about geese at all and that for birders who list this hybrid isn’t a countable bird that they can check off but I am neither of those, I am just a bird photographer who is happy to photograph anything with feathers. I got so excited about finding, seeing and photographing this unusual hybrid goose that I was disappointed that I didn’t have more time with it. And I do mean really disappointed.

Maybe the Canada x Snow Goose hybrid will show back up this year and maybe it won’t but I know that I will certainly be keeping an eye out for it from now on.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Elephants Child November 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Echoing Patty. Again.

  2. Jennie Townsend November 15, 2017 at 11:02 am

    You have beautiful photos of a lovely hybrid and I hope you get a chance to document it again. In eastern Missouri, we have Canada geese year round. It may be the tundra geese I listen and watch for but hearing a local flock of Canada geese call out their way home in a fog or the dark never fails to stop me in the moment.

  3. Liz Cormack November 15, 2017 at 8:02 am

    “Your” “SnoCan” Goose is quite striking in its colouring. I hope it does come back. I might not get excited over Canada Geese as they are too plentiful but I do get excited when I see hybrids.

  4. Patty Chadwick November 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Can’t help but wonder if this unique bird has siblings or offspring….

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