Friday, April 30, 2010

Nesting Update #2


IMG_7990_  Canada Goose

Male Canada Goose (Father to be)


IMG_8010 Canada Goose

Time For A Drink In Between Activities


IMG_8089 Nesting Canada Goose

Female Canada Goose (Nesting)


I discovered that this pair of Canada Geese have a nest on the same rock island as the pair of Mute Swans.

This makes for a very interesting situation. Both the Geese and the Swans are very territorial and protective of their families.

The Swans nest is in the middle of the rock island and the goose nest is on the left side near the edge of the island.



IMG_7827 Mating Swans

Here are the Mute Swans



IMG_7855 The Chase Begins

Here are the expectant fathers too be, hanging out so to speak. This is a daily occurrence. I try to go down every second night or so after work to check up on these guys and see what’s new. I am really hoping to see some little baby geese and swans in the near future and hope they all survive.



IMG_8127 Goose Chase 

It appears they like to jog on water. The responsibilities of fatherhood can be very stressful at times.

Maybe this helps them burn off some of that stress. :)

Boys will be boys. Ha!



IMG_8128 The Chase_1 copy

I couldn’t believe my eyes, what I was seeing. Wow! I was in '”Awe”. I have never seen anything like this before and I was in the right place at the right time with my 170-500 lens.  The swan is chasing the goose out of his territory, and is very protective of his family. So is the Canada Goose but he is no match for this big bird. I wouldn’t want to tangle with either of them. My advice is to stay away from their nests. I was not a threat to them, nor they to me, as I stood on shore witnessing this wonderful Nature Scene.



IMG_8128 The Chase_2 copy

I cropped this photo to make it a little bigger.



IMG_8130 The Chase 3

No one was hurt in this encounter. This is not the first nor the last encounter these two will have. I took these photos yesterday , and I took more today which I will add in my next update. This picture is near the end of the chase.



IMG_8179 The Stare 

The Stare Down


I took this photo at the end of the chase and these two beautiful birds are about 30ft away from where I was standing on shore. They are use to people because some people feed them. I don’t. They will not bother you if you respect them and their territory. Nature is to be respected, at least it should be.

I called this last photo, “ The Stare Down”, because that is exactly what they are doing.  After the chase they both decided to have a rest and just ignored each other. It sort of reminded me of a Looney Tunes Cartoon. I did laugh many times as I watched these two.

It usually takes Canada Geese about 28 days before they hatch their eggs and they can have between 3 –8 baby chicks.

It usually takes the swans about 35 days and they too can have from 4-8 young ones. I do hope they will all get along when they do have their young one. I will do my best to keep you updated .

I hope you have enjoyed these photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them.

God Bless each and every one of you and have a wonderful weekend . May is a wonderful time of the year so enjoy.

Hugs and Smiles

Dianne ( dsphotocats) :)


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