Tongue Out Aggression

This short article features a series of sevenĀ  consecutive images illustrating tongue out aggression by a Canada goose. These photographs were captured handheld at Hendrie Valley.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-4000, cropped to 3691 pixels on the width, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, subject distance 62.9 metres

As we build our experience photographing birds we learn more about their behaviour. This can help us anticipate photographic opportunities.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-4000, cropped to 4487 pixels on the width, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, subject distance 63.1 metres

Canada geese are extremely common birds and many photographers don’t bother capturing any images of them. I have enough standard images of Canada geese to last me a lifetime, so I watch for opportunities to capture somewhat unique photographs. Tongue out aggression is one of those behaviours.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-4000, cropped to 4774 pixels on the width, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, subject distance 63.4 metres

Sometimes we can miss the early signs of aggressive behaviour such as a goose with its tongue out. I happened to be facing in the opposite direction when I heard a commotion behind me. When I wheeled around this Canada goose was already well into its aggressive charge.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-4000, cropped to 4698 pixels on the width, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, subject distance 63.3 metres

All I had time to do was quickly frame the aggressive bird in my viewfinder and immediately fire off a short burst of images.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-4000, cropped to 4471 pixels on the width, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, subject distance 62.6 metres

My camera acquired good focus on the subject bird and my short burst of images was successful. Getting some nice wing highlights from from the backlighting was a bonus.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-4000, cropped to 4384 pixels on the width, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, subject distance 58.2 metres

While the tongue out aggression by this specific Canada goose was not directed at me, I have had experiences when other geese have made it clear that they were upset with my presence.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-4000, cropped to 4507 pixels on the width, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, subject distance 56.3 metres

When I see a tongue out goose approaching me directly, especially if it is walking towards me with its head lowered… I know it is time to make a prudent retreat. There are certain times of the year when birds like geese can be quite aggressive defending their mates or their young.

Technical Note:

Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Crops are indicated. This is the 1,082nd article published on this website since its original inception.

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