We see a lot of imports coming from China, and many people are ambivalent about the fact. Me? . . . meh! I really don’t care a whole lot. There are complicated reasons for the state of global transfer of goods, and we might as well learn to sleep in the bed we made.
. . . there is one import I don’t mind . . .
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot are those?
“Well Bob, them be Brown Chinese Geese. There is another model, the White Chinese Goose which is, you guessed it, all white. The Brown Chinese Goose has a black bill, whereas the White Chinese Goose has a yellow bill.”
Methinks there has been some cross-breeding going on . . . or, these were head-butting some White Chinese Geese.
I had never seen this breed before this particular afternoon in July 2008, and I’ve not seen any since. In reading about them, I learned they are a domesticated breed, so I’m not sure what these were doing in the pond behind the Monument Library. From the above shot, the one with the Canada goose in the foreground, you can see they are larger than wild geese.
Whatever the reason or circumstances resulting in them two geese being there, I was glad of it. They are beautiful birds (although I assume them to be just as prodigious shitting machines as Canada Geese – – maybe more so, them being larger, and all).
The sky was overcast when I was shooting these photos, but the sun occasionally peeked through, as can be seen in some of the later photos.
The other difficulty I faced was trying to isolate them. Perhaps the other birds were as curious as I was, but whatever the reason, wherever these guys went, a number of ducks and geese went with them.
That is the reason why, despite my best efforts, some of the reflections are cut off; I’m actually cropping other birds from the shot.
However, I did manage a few single shots . . .
I particularly like this next shot.
I noticed they had a propensity for swimming with their bills pointing slightly skyward, and wondered if they see better with their heads in that position. I could not find anything in the meager literature about that behavior, so it could just have been a peculiarity with this pair . . . still, based on my observation alone, 100% of Brown Chinese Geese exhibit this behavior.
Come to think of it . . . Canada geese occasionally do the same thing. Oh well . . .
I waited for the alignment in this next shot . . .
That is another (observed) characteristic of this breed; their tail feathers point upward, although one goose had a more pronounced upswing than the other. Because of the difference, I don’t know if this is a forced display or a natural position of their tail feathers. Photos on the web show this to be more pronounced (or maybe just more evident) in the water than on land.
Here are a few with a bit of sun shining on the birds . . .
According to Wikipedia, Chinese geese are among the better laying breeds of geese. A female Chinese goose can lay 50–60 eggs over the course of the breeding season (February to June), although there are reports of Chinese Geese laying up to 100 eggs during that time. (text is a direct copy of the Wikipedia entry)
That’s something like between 3 to 6 eggs a week. Wikipedia does not mention anything about golden eggs . . .
Maybe that is why their tails are up in the air like that . . . why bother keeping it down?
Here’s a few more shots of the two of them together.
The problem with all them other ducks swimming around them is that the wake from those ducks disrupts the reflection of the geese in the water. Those would have been great shots if the water would have been undisturbed. Oh well . . .
I want to take the opportunity to show a couple of shots treated with . . . I don’t remember which; either Topaz or onOne. Regardless, here’s the shots.
I’m pretty sure the last one is from one of the Topaz plugins, so probably both are, but I would not put a whole lot of money on it; these were done some time ago, and memory is a tricky and pliable thing, often making up stuff when it finds it easier than the effort to accurately remember it.
There is no SmugMug gallery associated with this post. This particular shoot had other photos I want to eventually share, and I plan a gallery associated with that post. Still, these photos are fairly large. Click on the photo to get a larger view in a new window or tab. Once in a separate tab or window, if you hover over the photo and the mouse symbol shows a (+), it means you can click again to show it larger.
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