Eye to Eye

It’s spring. The Canada geese are back. And they’re nesting.

Which means trouble for anyone foolish enough to check out the nest or sneak a peek at newly hatched goslings.

Geese will take on anyone who gets too close. (Google “canada goose vs gorilla” and you’ll get the gist.)

I took this photo yesterday with my telephoto lens. I kept a good distance between us and tuned my ears for incoming wings that would signal trouble.

The nest sits atop a couple of round hay bales in a corner of a farmer’s field. It’s a favourite spot; geese have nested here for years. To keep from drawing attention to herself the goose keeps her head and long neck down most of the time β€” which is the pose I photographed.

A room with a view, indeed. She can tend to her goslings and watch the sun go down over the Rockies. πŸ™‚

Canada goose on nest atop round bales


Canada gooseΒ  Β Branta canadensis

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16 thoughts on “Eye to Eye

  1. She has her own castleβ€”and even a moat ! Thanks for sharing, Judi

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  2. My gosh. I couldn’t quite sort it all out when I saw only the second image in the email. Now, I get it! What a sight. It’s neat that it’s become a favored nesting spot over the years.

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    1. I haven’t had any experience with domestic geese β€” tho’ I’ve heard of people keeping them as “guard geese”. Have fun with your little ones, Judi. πŸ™‚

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  3. Thats an interesting sight, I saw a swan on a nest here in England yesterday and im hoping to go back and get some photos as Id never seen one on a nest before. Mind she was sat very proudly on her nest not trying to hide herself in anyway. Ive never seen a goose nesting. Great Photos.

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    1. She fooled me some years ago β€” someone told me there was a goose there but I simply couldn’t figure out which end was which until she moved her head slightly. A great trick. πŸ™‚

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