We have just got back from walking the dog as we had a break in the rain and as usual I didn’t have my camera, so I came back for it.
This was too good an opportunity to miss as they will be so much bigger next time we see them.
I’ve previously mentioned of me talking to the geese in the park as we pass by and telling Sid that it was rude to hiss at me. Those little encouraging chats seem to have paid off as I was allowed to get really close to take these shots.
Two clutches appear to have hatched so far, each with seven goslings.
This one particular pair watched me with interest as I approached with my camera. I talked softly to them all the time and they were quite accommodating.
I love the way that Canada geese provide creches for their babies, with several adults in attendance. This little group was flanked by other adults, one of which took off when one of the parents hissed at him.
Mamma and Papa goose are obviously extremely proud and protective of their family.
but still allowed me closer
On the other side of the bridge was a second family, again with seven youngsters, and although I wasn’t threatened, I was carefully watched (bottom left picture, goose in background) and sensed that I couldn’t get as close to these as the others.
There are I’d guess about 50 adult geese in the park here, and the island in the centre of the lake is their breeding ground.
There are nesting adults everywhere on it
and of course, more eggs to hatch.
Hopefully I shall be able to get some duckling pictures in due course as I don’t intend to go out without the camera now!