Of Geese and cliffs part II

By: Arjen Drost

Aug 14 2013

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Category: Birds, nature, Photography, Polar

3 Comments

Aperture:f/7.1
Focal Length:178mm
ISO:800
Shutter:1/160 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Barnacle Goose

Like I said in my previous post, cliff-breeding geese have a problem. There is hardly any food for them on the cliffs. So as soon as all eggs have hatched, they have to start looking for it. However, now breeding on a cliff starts to become a problem, as the chicks can’t fly yet. So the geese try to get as low as possible on the cliffs and then the parents fly from the cliffs into the water. They start calling for the, only 2 days old and still flightless, young to follow them. In this picture you see one both parents with two of the chicks already in the water and a third one just jumping off the cliff…

Something I often explained, but never managed to see or capture.

3 comments on “Of Geese and cliffs part II”

  1. Perfect example of making life harder than it has to be even if the behavior is driven by instinct.

    • Well, if they wouldn’t breed on cliffs, they would probably be eaten before they could jump. That would make things even harder 😉

      Regards, Arjen

  2. cool that third one just falling, good timing.


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