Monday, December 26, 2011

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Like I said last time, today's post will be on birds. :) Today I have 5 photos of the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). The photos was taken at Shadow Cliff Regional Park in Pleasanton, CA (I accidentally wrote Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, CA before).

Fun Facts: The Canada Goose is everywhere in North America. There are also at least 11 subspecies of Canada Goose that have been recognized including the Crackling Goose.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best bird photos of 2011, use this link.  To view my best Shadow Cliff Regional Park photos, use this link. To view all of my Shadow Cliff Regional Park photos of 2011, use this link.

I can't believe I actually caught the goose about to take off. :P My reaction times are usually really off. LOL

Photography Tip: Generally for photos like the one above, put your camera in shutter priority, turn it to a fast shutter speed, and do a few test shots. Make sure the photos come out correctly. Then point your camera at the bird and wait. Yes, I know your arms will probably hurt holding it that long, but it takes practice. That is how you get a photo of a bird taking off. If you are just starting off and practicing try it on bigger birds first, bigger birds are probably easier as small birds fly off faster.

The bird off to the right side is an American Coot. Those are also very common around the Bay Area.

Generally a circular polarizer can help get rid of the water reflections. At the time of the photo, I did not have a circular polarizer, but I have one now. I will show you the effects in future posts. :)

I got more bird photos (including Canada Geese photos). I recently headed to Lake Tahoe and took photos. Not a lot of snow this year, but the views are still very good. I guess you can say, some rare views. That is because there are ice and a little bit of snow, but not as much as before. Not everyday you can see views like that. Please check back! Also please don't forget to leave me a comment and share the blog post with your friends! Also "Like" us on Facebook to be updated when I post up more photos.