This photo was taken a couple of years ago. The gosslings were in the shade and the water behind them was real bright so it would've thrown my meter off. The 20D I was using at the time had a built in flash so I used that to brighten up these geese in the shade.
I also want to mention a friend of mine has just started a blog that you should check out. He's a fantastic photographer who specializes in nature photography like I do. Pay his blog a visit and let him know what you think. Here's the link: http://mainethroughthelens.blogspot.com/