Photo of the week: Canada Geese

8/5/2013 | 0

©2013 Richard Seeley

©2013 Richard Seeley

Subscriber Richard Seeley of Silverthorne, Colorado, snapped this adorable photo of a Canada Goose and four goslings in May 2013 with a Canon 5D Mark III, a 500mm lens, and a 1.4x teleconverter. Here’s his description of how he got the shot:

“At first, I did not understand what was happening. I was shooting video from the window mount of my Honda, when the goslings started to disappear behind mom. Then mom’s back feathers started to jump around as they were jostling for position under the tent.

“I started shooting and a head or two would pop up. I was too far away. I stopped shooting and scrambled to add my 1.4x teleconverter, while hoping I was not missing the action. Then I realized that there were grass blades across mom’s face and in all of the wrong places.

“I started the car, put it into drive, moved forward two feet while holding the camera and the 500mm lens in place. (It is mounted on the window and door, but still I did not want to let go.) I turned off the car and started shooting again only to realize that the grass blades were still obstructing the view. So once again I started the car, moved forward another few feet, this time without taking my eyes off the viewfinder (and hoping that I was not driving into the ditch). Stopped, started shooting again. Darn, I still needed to move forward another few feet.

“One last attempt and finally I cleared the grass. Turned off the car, started shooting again when an Osprey flew close overhead squeaking its incoming sound on the way to its nest. Then it happened: Four heads popped up to see why mom was suddenly nervously alert. Thank you Osprey!”

Recent Photos of the Week

Sandhill Cranes

Roseate Spoonbill and Reddish Egret

Indigo Bunting


Your picture could be a Photo of the Week!

A picture you take could win you a subscription to BirdWatching! We choose a new photo every Monday. And every other month, we ask a professional bird photographer whose work we’ve published in the magazine to pick the best Photo of the Week over the previous two months. We’ll give the winner a free one-year subscription to BirdWatching. Plus, we’ll publish his or her photo in the magazine! Send us your photo today!