Heron Haven 6- the family

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 9 May 2011 in Animal & Insect.

Meet the family! On our left is Mama Goose. She is standing over four goslings (you will be able to see them better on a future post). Papa Goose is on the right. I think---I am making a large presumption based on my own interpretation of their behavior. There was a ruckus and loud squawking going on at this point, and they were looking around to see what the fuss was about. This couple seemed the only parents in the area, and my understanding is that originally they had six eggs.

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CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Very natural surroundings

9 May 2011 6:29am

@CElliottUK: The whole place is interesting and quite natural. Thanks for the visit!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Such a beautiful moment from a wonderful time of year . . . precious.

9 May 2011 9:40am

@Ronnie 2¢: :-) Thanks, Ronnie. I had no idea that I was going to see this family grouping. My presence was a happy accident.

franz from Baden, Austria

what a nice family portrait!

9 May 2011 7:42pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz. This group was at the end of the boardwalk, on a spit of land that just into the water. Actually, the boardwalk also just out for some distance over the water, making it easier to see what is happening with the birds.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Great to see you were able to shoot this lovely family that close:-)

10 May 2011 10:17am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice shot. Don't they mate for life? Seems like I heard or read that somewhere.

10 May 2011 5:15pm

@B. Thomas: Yes, geese do mate for life. From several websites, I learned that if a goose loses its mate, it will mourn that lose, often remaining alone for a period of time. Many will find another mate eventually. Geese can live for 20 years.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Fascinating glimpse into the ‘living room’ of this young family.
It looks like the parents were not bothered about your presence. That’s unusual for a nature reserve, isn’t it?

10 May 2011 10:38pm

@Arnd: That's what i thought, too, but after doing some reading about geese on the web, I find they are not very afraid of humans. However, when they are with their young, one needs to approach slowly and remain very quiet, or they get nervous and will move away. I also thought it was unusual that the goslings and parents were that close to the boardwalk. I wonder if it is because of the number of birds nesting in this particular lagoon. There is another nest that is on the other side of the end of the boardwalk.