Weekly Image #15 – Greylag goose

Greylag goose in Germany.

Last June I bought the Pentax HD DA 55-300 WR in anticipation of our trip to Namibia. Naturally, when it arrived I immediately had to take it on a walk and try it out on some of the local wildlife. As I was spending the summer holidays with my family in rural Germany, I simply walked to a small lake close to our house, where I spotted a gaggle of wild geese. Yes, I didn’t make that up – a group of geese on the ground is called a gaggle, when up in the air they are called a skein, team or wedge, or even a plump when flying very close together.

Anyway, I walked up to the fence of the pasture they were resting on, crouched down below for a nicer perspective and took a number of shots. I also found some on the lake itself, where the deep blue of the water created a nice contrast against the white and brown of the plumage and the orange of the beaks, but in the end I liked the above image best.

Taken with the Pentax K3 and HD DA 55-300 WR lens at f/8, 1/500th sec. and ISO400 at 300 mm.

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