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Goose Sanctuary
Photograph by Susie Post Rust

An Aleutian Canada goose waddles through dense ground cover on Buldir, a remote 5,000-acre (2,000-hectare) island near the western end of the Aleutian chain. A small subspecies of the Canada goose, the Aleutian geese were wiped out by foxes introduced to many Alaskan islands. They were thought extinct until former refuge manager Bob Jones discovered 300 birds on pristine Buldir in 1962. Today, thanks to the removal of foxes, control of hunting on wintering grounds, and an intensive captive-breeding program, some 40,000 birds now migrate from the Aleutians to California. Half of them return to nest on Buldir.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon N90S
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 300mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment: Late afternoon in the summer in Alaska isn't the same as in the lower 48. It stays light there so late that even if it had been a sunny day, this still would have been high sun. But the Aleutian Islands have some of the worst weather in the world and this day, although overcast, was considered to be wonderful weather!

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