Heron Haven 10 - are we all here?

Posted by karla (Omaha, United States) on 14 May 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Back to the geese...goslings are all in the water now, and parents are making sure that their family group is together and ready....both parents will take part in raising the geese. I noticed that the parents communicate with necks curving and heads bobbing, almost as if giving directions on which way to go or to hurry along.

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Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Fascinating capture of the protective stance of the geese parents. Not much different from us humans when raising children.

14 May 2011 8:21am

@Arnd: So true!! :-)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Looking after the kids is a full time job

14 May 2011 11:00am

@CElliottUK: Yes, it definitely keeps them busy! The local turtles have something to do with the watchfulness of the geese parents.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Ohhhhh... how cute !!! A fantastic capture of the whole family ;) Great work. Enjoy your weekend :)

14 May 2011 6:51pm

@Tamara: Thanks, Tamara! They provide such great photo opportunities!

franz from Baden, Austria

so cute! mum and dad trying hard not to lose any of them ... ;-))

14 May 2011 9:09pm

@franz: Right, Franz. I don't know when they sleep. They would need to take turns, I am sure!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cute family. Lovely photo.

14 May 2011 9:23pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks, Steve, for your visit and comment! They are cute. It's almost impossible to take a bad photo of them.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Totally cute...I got some last year but the babies havent made an arrival this year yet...this is great!

14 May 2011 10:38pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

It's always fun to see the fuzzy little critters.

15 May 2011 12:07am

Becky from los angeles, United States

oh - an adorable and lovely image - Very cool -

15 May 2011 3:19am

@Becky: Thanks, Becky. The group continues onward...I hope you stop by again! :)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

So sweet! Good job getting the whole group in the frame-it is not always easy.

15 May 2011 12:32pm

@Julie Brown: I suspect that these goslings were young enough to not want to wander very far. Thanks for your comment! I appreciate it, coming from your experienced eye.

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this "family." I like your observations as to how they communicate. Nice post.

15 May 2011 3:04pm

@Slackwater - Don: Thanks, Don! Much appreciated.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Sadly, my local geese failed to hatch any young this year - thanks for the sharing here !

16 May 2011 2:35pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Awww, sad indeed, Ronnie! I read that a few geese will manage a second nesting, if something happens to the eggs early in the season. Well, there will be more of these little guys, as they move about. And, I need to return to see them older (if I recognize them or if they are close to the boardwalk as they are in these. This series is all from one two-hour visit to the wetland.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

They are so cute. I've seen adults lots of times, but never the young. Great capture.

17 May 2011 2:52pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barbara! I really was awfully lucky that day. They were close to the boardwalk and the lighting was good. The only reason I had visited then was because I had a couple of hours and happened to remember I wanted to see the wetland in the spring. And, voilà!

Nikon D300
1/100 second
F/8.0
ISO 400
82 mm (35mm equiv.)

wetland
sanctuary
heron-haven
goose

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