Celebrating Michigan Birds, Birding / Digiscoping and Photography
Ross's Goose at LEMP - 28 Apr 2011
Thanks to several posts from Paul Cypher today, I headed down to Lake Erie Metropark, Wayne Co., MI this evening to look for the Ross's Goose found near the Wave Pool. Between 6 - 6:30 pm I was able to digiscope the bird from about ~100 ft. using a Zeiss 85T*Fl Diascope and 45X W eyepiece, Nikon Coolpix P6000 and homemade adaptor. I set exposure compensation to -1.7 and shot Aperture Priority.
The bird was feeding in the grass among several, larger Canada Geese. An all-white goose w/ black primaries, pink legs and pink, stubby bill all looked good for Ross's Good.
I made sure to get some closeup images so that I could check out its grin patch. There is some black, but the grin patch appears to be small enough.
This bird could be a possible Snow Goose X Ross's Goose hybrid, but I'll have to leave that to the experts to sort out.
It was great seeing Darlene Friedman there, as well!