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Canada Gosling Teenagers

Oh how fast the Canada goslings have grown!  It seems like just yesterday the goslings were just fluff balls with legs and bills.  Now the goslings really are feathered out and the older ones closely resemble the adults.  The slightly younger goslings do retain a bit of the immature look, but even they are getting quite big.  Won’t be long now until they all are independent individuals and full-fledged members of their flock.  I took these pictures from my windows on June 12, 2011.  As you can imagine, today these gangly goslings are even more developed in just another week’s time.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

More Babies on our Lake

We have had several Canada Geese and the Wood Ducks have newly hatched goslings and ducklings.  I was pretty surprised to see that day old Canada Gosling in my backyard yesterday with its parents.  I guess they were hungry and went to places where they had been lucky in finding food recently.  Canada Geese eat grass, seeds, certain tender plants and of course, lake weeds.  The Wood Ducks were also up in the next door neighbor’s yard and then quickly went to the water where I took their picture.  Their duckling was between its parents whenever it was on the move.  I did not show the father Wood Duck but he was always bringing up the rear.  I also was surprised to see a single duckling with this pair of Wood Ducks.  Two other families of Canada Geese have several slightly older goslings following the mother goose.  All this new life here on the lake is exciting to see!  I took these pictures on May 20, 2011 from my windows and deck.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Baby on the Lake

I promised that I would show you the first Canada Gosling that I saw this year here on the lake.  This little solo hatched just this morning from its nest at the shoreline in my next door neighbor’s backyard.  I have been awaiting its arrival for days.  The proud Canada Geese parents took their offspring for its first paddle just a few moments ago.  These pictures are fresh out of my camera.  Photo taken from my deck 5/19/11 at about 11:35 am (Central time).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Canada Gosling (Photo cropped for greater detail)

Goslings Learning to Fly

Well, the Canada Goslings are nearly ready to fly.  They are now stretching their powerful fully feathered wings and learning the basics of how to take off from the water to fly.  No, I have not seen the former babies actually fly yet but it will be a matter of days now.  I caught some pre-flight practice on the lake a couple of days ago.  The population of our Canada Geese on this lake has seen an increase this year with several big broods of goslings.  The flock is a real sight as sometimes the whole bunch goes out on the lake in strict formation.  Because the goslings are still youngsters, the older geese are quite protective and hover.  This group shown here, is a smaller part of the main flock.  I estimate the total number of Canada Geese on our lake is now about twenty-five or so.  Please click on the thumbnail picture to see the larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!

The Canada Goslings Have Arrived

The Canada Geese are now parents!  Our community lake is home to a small flock of Canada Geese that are year around residents.  I enjoy seeing the groups of Geese paddle gracefully by or take flight to travel to another nearby lake.  The Geese are not too noisy except when very upset or when traveling.  I just was thrilled to see Mama, Papa, and five goslings all in a row (pecking order is important to waterfowl) paddling across the lake last evening at twilight.  It was the first time I had seen any goslings at all.  They are quite big but seem happy and good paddlers.  Soon they will be out on their own.  It is very hard to determine which are males or females as the Canada Geese all pretty much look similar to each other.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

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