Sunday, May 29, 2011

Canada Goose - A Whole Lot of Flapping

The Canada Geese Goslings are growing up up fast. I took these pictures a week ago yesterday at Fernhill Wetlands near the parking lot. Birds are typically pretty tame in this area as people frequently feed them here.
At one point one the adults flapped its wings boldly.
This seemed to catch on as one the goslings also started flapping. Of course, it doesn't have much to flap yet.
Eventually, the gaggle made their way down to the water. I've noticed a behavior that the parents exhibit with their young on more than one occasion. They lower their head, then extend it out forward. It's kind of like they are herding the goslings, showing them the way.
I'm not sure if this is the real intent, but it is interesting.

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