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Feb 19, 2015

Orange Snow Goose

Photo by Dave Kemp
Here's another photo sent to me by Dave Kemp from British Columbia, that caught my eye. It's a neat close-up of a Snow Goose, which is normally pure white.   What this photo emphatically shows is what happens when a Snow Goose is feeding routinely in waters that contain high concentrations of iron oxide.   The iron oxide reveals itself in the mineral's orange colouring which is passed into the goose's feathers.   The other very noticeable item in this photo is the black "grin patch" on the lower part of the goose's bill.   This close-up photo makes for a striking image.
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