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Oct 31, 2016

In praise of the Canada Goose

Photos by BarrytheBirder
CANADA GOOSE (Branta canadensis)
Canadian Geographic Magazine's 'National Bird Project' has reported that an overwhelming number of its readers have said The Common Loon is their number one choice as the bird that should be named Canada's national bird.   The loon captured just shy of 14,000 votes.   The Snowy Owl was second, the Grey Jay was third and the Canada Goose was fourth.   A expert panel will make the final choice after which the selection will be presented to the Canadian government for consideration and possible official designation.   The Canada Goose was my second choice.   As a tribute to this grand and ubiquitous bird I have included in this space some of my favourite photos that I have taken of this bird. 

Always alert

Protecting eggs from the rain

Facing the elements and foraging

Goslings after the rain

 Up and away

Ever vigilant
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