The Canada Goose was one of the many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his 18th-century work Systema Naturae. It belongs to the Branta genus of geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey species of the Anser genus. The specific epithet canadensis is a New Latin word meaning "from Canada". According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first citation for the 'Canada Goose' dates back to 1772. The Canada Goose is often incorrectly referred to as the "Canadian Goose".
The Cackling Goose was originally considered to be the same species or a subspecies of the Canada Goose, but in July 2004 the American Ornithologists' Union's Committee on Classification and Nomenclature split the two into two species, making Cackling Goose into a full species with the scientific name Branta hutchinsii. The British Ornithologists' Union followed suit in June 2005.
The AOU has divided the many subspecies between the two species. The subspecies of the Canada Goose were listed as:
Atlantic Canada Goose, Branta canadensis canadensis
Interior Canada Goose, Branta canadensis interior
Giant Canada Goose, Branta canadensis maxima
Moffitt's Canada Goose, Branta canadensis moffitti
Vancouver Canada Goose, Branta canadensis fulva
Dusky Canada Goose, Branta canadensis occidentalis
part of "Lesser complex", Branta canadensis parvipes
The distinctions between the two geese have led to confusion and debate among ornithologists. This has been aggravated by the overlap between the small types of Canada Goose and larger types of Cackling Goose. The old "Lesser Canada Goose" was believed to be a partly hybrid population, with the birds named taverneri considered a mixture of minima, occidentalis and parvipes. In addition, it has been determined that the Barnacle Goose is a derivative of the Cackling Goose lineage, whereas the Hawaiian Goose is derived from the Canada Goose.
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jhm (141921) 2014-04-25 5:08
A lot stranger geese remain in our country, Canadian, Russian and a lot other sorts life here also in summer, not normal.
But your picture is wonderful, pleasant to look at.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
serp2000 (41316) 2014-04-25 5:57
Wow! You are lucky photographer! Wonderful romantic composition , excellent evening colors.
carlo62 (36065) 2014-04-25 6:15
belle le silhouette con riflesso compreso, soprattutto sono belle le sfumature rosa del tramonto.
Bella idea e bella realizzazione.
besnard (54241) 2014-04-25 6:26
Une belle prise à contre-jour qui donne une très belle photo respirant le calme et la tranquilité.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
Giustiniani (3469) 2014-04-25 7:14
une image qui a l'élégance de la simplicité. Il y a beaucoup de délicatesse dans les couleurs et la forme très gracieuse des silhouette. Une très belle capture.
dale54 (6683) 2014-04-25 7:20
iain hello..wonderful close crop..and i like that little bit of yellow against this blue feel..nice work! dale
SNOOP_Chan (4361) 2014-04-25 8:26
Hello Iain, very nice image here, the kind of image i've been craving to get for some time. The silhouettes are just amazing. A great composition with the amazing sunset light all over. Just great!
Didi (58042) 2014-04-25 8:28
Very nice picture with a good peaceful quiet ambiance
I note a very good lights control
annjackman (20371) 2014-04-25 8:49
I love the way that you have caught the moment that the goose steps elegantly into the water. Lovely golden tones and silhouettes.
Kind Regards, Ann
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2014-04-25 10:58
This is almost like a time lapse of the one goose going about the daily business! I love the silhouettes of the birds, especially against this wonderful golden light. Amazing how the wake of the bird swimming has this really appealing blue tint which goes so well with the gold. Great scene and composition
All the best
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-26 3:29
a simple shot with simple elements but it works beautifully. Love the golden light and the real sense of tranquillity. Excellent!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
abmdsudi (44964) 2014-04-26 23:18
That's mind-blowing scene a moment of peace looking at this stuff! and a good eye to see the link between the birds and nature wonder. A remarkable shot indeed that carries tremendous impact, a gorgeous realistic impression well shot, Congrats.
Cricri (109597) 2014-05-01 11:00
Une image très poétique, un contre jour excellent, les reflets avec de jolies teintes dans l'eau, une très jolie scène bien mise en image