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Courtship Rituals

It is interesting to watch the courtship of Canada Geese. After a flight of over a thousand miles, arriving to find snow over the pond, they take turns at stretching out the neck and retracting it back into an s-shape.  There is biting  of the feathers and neck, flapping of the wings. These two were the ones from the previous post and are  engaged in a ritual but not mating.

In the first photo the gander is “goosing” the goose. Probably where that term “goosing” originated. It means to pinch.

A Love Tug?They walk together a few steps.

Walking Together

I apologise for the poor exposures. I may fix them and re-insert newly edited ones. Then he reaches out and bites her feathers while she turns her head away.

Then He Makes a Move

Now he reaches out with his neck  but no contact is made.

Reaching Out

A Pause

Another Attempt

And here is another pair later on…he seems to be making a pass and does this a couple of times then they walk a few steps before he tries again…

Making a Pass

Next time he is not so subtle.

Not So Subtle

I will leave the rest up to your interpretations. I see this behaviour repeated all over the pond.


The Head Tuck

Lacombe 191-3

10 responses

  1. Sweet love…

    April 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

  2. This is gorgeous!

    April 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  3. Fabulous post Jane ~ I loved it – and will never look at our Canadian geese the same again here 🙂

    April 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    • Thank you Robyn. They mate for life too.

      April 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

      • Although we may both be less enamoured when we are knee-deep in poop.

        April 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

  4. We get the Pink Footed Geese every year at a large nature reserve here in Scotland. Montrose basin is known around the world for the tens of thousands of pink footed geese that winter here, its a very beautiful and somewhat noisy I was lucky enough last year to see the arrival of the birds and the noise of their wings as they take off on mass is much like an aircraft engine and you can feel the vibration of them in your chest. Here is the link to the basin

    Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed yourself 🙂

    April 4, 2013 at 3:01 am

  5. Thanks for sharing this Jane, always interesting to see courtship rituals.

    April 8, 2013 at 6:46 am

    • Although I love the behaviours, I am not happy with the lighting or exposures, definitely need to work on this.

      April 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

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