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Ducks and Geese
#93746 January 11th, 2007 at 01:34 PM
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For those of you who are unclear about the differences between ducks and geese, I thought I would post a pic to show those differences.

Duck......Duck......G O O S E !!! laugh
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#93747 January 11th, 2007 at 10:26 PM
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They are so pretty arent they!!

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#93748 January 11th, 2007 at 10:33 PM
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Very nice photo, Nat!

I always thought that geese were the white birds that chase you around the yard... shocked

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#93749 January 12th, 2007 at 01:08 AM
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What's the white tag around the GOOSEs' neck?

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laugh thumbup Nice pic Thorny.....Ducks and Geese used to always sort of looked the same to me.... shocked

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#93751 January 12th, 2007 at 01:43 AM
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Geese come in many different subspecies and in many different colors. The goose in the picture is a Canada Goose. The two ducks are male Mallards. The white collar on the goose's neck is a tag placed there by wildlife officials to track her throughout her life. I sent a picture of her that shows her tag number off to the proper authorities. They sent back her life history to me. She had been tagged as a flightless (at that time) immature female, EIGHT YEARS TO THE EXACT DAY I TOOK THAT PICTURE! Most geese and birds have a one-two year life expectancy; she was eight years old! She was banded 17 miles east of the spot where I took that picture. I was the FIRST person to report her since she had been banded.

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#93752 January 12th, 2007 at 01:49 AM
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Wow, that is so cool!! And a great shot as well. Do you see many tagged geese when you are out and about?

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#93753 January 12th, 2007 at 01:54 AM
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We see them up here alot and in fact some places pay people to scare them away from their water front properties up here nutz

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#93754 January 12th, 2007 at 02:06 AM
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Actually I see quite a few tagged geese. Sometimes 2 or 3 per flock of geese. Now that I know where to send the tag information I will ALWAYS report them and the government REALLY wants people to report them. Although this was a wild goose, it had absolutely NO fear of me at all. I was 1 1/2 foot away from the goose when I took the picture. I have sat in the middle of a flock of sixty Canada Geese feeding them bread, all of them pecking at me and drooling (They really DO drool) like a pack of hungry puppies.

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They sent back her life history to me. She had been tagged as a flightless (at that time) immature female, EIGHT YEARS TO THE EXACT DAY I TOOK THAT PICTURE! Most geese and birds have a one-two year life expectancy; she was eight years old!
Wow, now that is cool eh? 8 years old, she must be living a good lifestyle to be that old huh?

Very neat.

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#93756 January 12th, 2007 at 09:10 AM
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Here's another of the goose pictures I took.

Your STALE Breadcrumbs are Making Me Sick!!! :p
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#93757 January 12th, 2007 at 09:15 AM
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And when photographing ducks, it sometimes makes sense to try black-and-white photographs.

BLACK AND WHITE
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#93758 January 12th, 2007 at 09:28 AM
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And here is, OINK! an African Goose that lives on the exercise trail of the small lake at Summit Medical Center, about two miles south of my house. Every time I go there he(she?) chases me around the paved trail crying, "Oink! Oink!" and then I pull out the bread and the two of us have a picnic.

OINK!
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#93759 January 12th, 2007 at 09:58 AM
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Originally a tree Duck native to the Amazon River Drainage of Brazil, these Muscovy Ducks readily and willingly became domesticated. I am told they are the tastiest of all the duck breeds, but I have personally NEVER eaten ANY duck and do not care to (although I have eaten hard-boiled duck eggs.) These ducks are also the most intelligent of the duck species, the most affectionate duck towards humans (Often seeking out people to follow around at parks), they are the poorest swimmers of the duck family (Lacking the oil glands to water proof their feathers), and they are the UGLIEST of all the ducks. Yes those red knots on their face are NORMAL and are the distinguishing identifying characteristic of this species (along with the varying degrees of black and white plummage, from all black, to all white). Often, when I go to a park where these ducks are present they will come up to me and sit on my lap and groom me with their bills.

MUSCOVY DUCKS
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#93760 January 12th, 2007 at 11:14 AM
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#93761 January 14th, 2007 at 08:50 AM
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loved the duckies.......

An they arent rubber.

Thanks

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