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Cackling Goose
Formerly critically endangered, this race has recovered after introduced predators were removed from their nesting islands. Their population has gone from fewer than 800 individual birds in 1974 to over 150,000 today. The Cackling Goose was originally lumped with the larger Canada Goose (B. canadensis). The two can be difficult to tell apart in the field. The Cackling Goose is smaller with a stubbier bill and squarer head. This is the race "B. h. leucopareia" which breeds in the Aleutians and winters in Oregon and California. Adults have a broad white neck ring which expands in front and contrasts with a darker brown band below. The patchy plumage and dark spotting in the neck collar suggest this is an immature.
Location
Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California, USA
Date taken
14 September 2021
Scientific name
Branta hutchinsii
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Good to know they are doing well, Joseph. A well detailed portrait.
 
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We don't seem to see pictures of this one coming in very often Joe.

A splendid image lad - very well done.
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
54
Comment count
3

Image metadata

Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Focal length
147.5 mm
Exposure time
1/400 second(s)
ISO
100
Filename
CacklingGooseIMG_8769.jpg
File size
335.2 KB
Date taken
Tue, 14 September 2021 11:08 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 703px

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