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Oldest to Youngest

I got a kick out of the behaviours of the Goose families. They all are close to one another, but parents sure get on their guard if one family gets too close to another.I thought this was because I was too close but they were focused on their own species.

ImageThis above is usually a no-no composition for me but i like the mother goose view of her scattered brood.

ImageWhen the goose lays her head low, as a warning to others, I believe, it is interesting to see some of the young mimic the behaviour.

ImageSorry for the slow shutter speed in the above, but here an older gosling has wandered from its family to peck at the younger one. I had to hold myself back, and was surprised that the parents didn’t notice. Or maybe this is just about growing up.

ImageThis one was stretching it’s wings although barely developed , then promptly plopped down , its body too heavy for its legs.

Imagehere are a family of older goslings, maybe a couple of weeks old.

ImageAnd here are the newest, probably a couple of days old with both parents being very attentive.And one last shot of a closer view.

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9 responses

  1. I’m really ambivalent about Canada geese. We have so many of them that they have become quite the nuisance. But when I see them in a more natural setting, I have to admit that they are beautiful birds in their own right. And that little gosling in your last photo is just adorable.

    June 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    • I agree that they are just poop machines but that they have their beauty too-as most things when they are in balance. i believe that part of the problem is people and their total lack of willingness to refrain from feeding wildlife which in part , creates over-populated habitat, aggressive beggars and POOP.

      June 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

  2. Wow – that 2nd shot is a great capture — the way the babies mimic momma! Very lovely shots Jane ~ x RL

    June 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    • Thanks Robyn. I get so much pleasure out of observing these creatures, which are beautiful in balance. When we were discussing what they might taste like if there was a cull of the flocks, a fellow responded “The ones around here probably taste like dough.”

      June 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      • 😝

        June 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm

        • Ha Ha Ha, it doesn’t show here-all I see is a square, but sure does in my e-mail!

          June 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

  3. Wonderful post and photos, Jane! Last few weeks we’ve had a dozen or so Canada Geese hanging across the water from me, but I’ve seen no goslings, was hoping I would. I’m actually enjoying their honking early in the mornings. 🙂

    June 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    • there are some that show up on top of a building around the corner and honk wildly before leaving, or maybe being chased away, but I like to hear the sound briefly here amongst the apartment blocks just outside the downtown area.

      June 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm

  4. Great photos Jane. The little ones are too cute! We had a flock of adults fly overhead last week heading north. Probably 2 dozen strong!

    June 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

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