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! 



Comments

Laurent said…
Jerry

Great pics, as usual. I have a question that you might find very naive. Is your exposure compensation choice based on the color of the goose? Would you have made a different choice is a brant would have been next to the snow? What exposure compensation would you have picked then?
Laurent

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