Heron Haven 8 " Kids, walk this way"

Posted by karla (Omaha, United States) on 12 May 2011 in Animal & Insect.

In this image, the babies are staying close to mom as she begins walking on the path to the water. Canada geese lay 4 to 7 eggs on average, and 3 to 4 of the young will survive to develop their flight feathers. The female lays an egg every day and a half, and during this time she lines the nest with down from her breast. She starts the incubation on the day the final egg is laid. After twenty six to thirty days, all the eggs hatch within one day. During incubation, the gander vigorously defends the nest and will attack intruders or try to lure them away. According to Ducks Unlimited Canada, geese are highly communicative. Goslings begin communicating with their parents while they are still in the egg.

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

awwww . . this is so lovely . . I must go looking for some local goslings . .

12 May 2011 12:21pm

@Ronnie 2¢: They are very interesting to watch!

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Awe......... moms and babies are precious!

12 May 2011 4:34pm

@Barbara Kile: Love looking at this little family, the first I have observed personally. So cute, just like human babies!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine shot of mom and the kids. They are cute when they are little.

13 May 2011 3:28am

@Steve Rice: Yes, so fluffy! And they seem to totter a bit at first.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful

13 May 2011 5:05am

Marzia from ., Italy

cute!

13 May 2011 6:04am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

These are stunning photo's of the geese and this one is just lovely, very interesting information too. Also thank you for your much appreciated comments :)

13 May 2011 8:21am

@Christine: Thanks for stopping by, Christine! I very much appreciate your commenting, too. The geese are a new territory for me, so I am having fun learning about them.

Marcie from Newton, United States

Yup!! Here too - the goslings were just hatched. Love this capture between a mom and her new babes!!

13 May 2011 11:54am

@Marcie: :-) Yay! Watch for more images....

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of mom and her little ones. The comment was very informative and I learned things I have not heard before. Nice post.

13 May 2011 2:56pm

@Slackwater - Don: Thanks, Don. I learned quite a few things, too, in doing the research. Still learning....including about turtles at the site.

Laura from United States

so cute! love mom's floppy feet :)

13 May 2011 3:51pm

@Laura: Love your comment about the feet. They are, indeed, and so functional!

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

This is a wonderful series!!

3 Jun 2011 12:32am

Nikon D300
1/125 second
F/8.0
ISO 400
300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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