I promised well over a month ago to share photos of the Canada Goose Family I`ve been following. It`s hard getting back into the blog habit, but I`ll try to get back at it because I have a TON of photos of the families on our pond (our pond is actually not ours, but it feels like it). The first photo in today`s post was taken when the goslings were, maybe, a couple of days old. Many of the pictures are taken through our living room window, which has secondary glazing on it … still … argh. Anyway, sadly this means that unless it`s sunny, the goslings are a tad soft in focus. I am sorry about that, but there you are.
It has been such a treat watching the families on the pond grow. But the Canada Geese have been a real joy and I never tire of watching them. They truly are eating machines, often eating while they rest in the grass after their legs become too tired to bear their weight. They`ll walk and eat for a few feet, then plop down to rest, eating the entire time.
I have hundreds of photos … some really not worth looking at because they`re so blurry, but as I go through them, I smile anyway. The Coots are beginning to have the same shape as their parents and the Mallards resemble nothing less than a gang of teenage girls – where the leader goes the others follow unerringly. The Tufted Ducks are very shy and I wonder whether I`ll ever actually see their babies, but I hope to.
just now, I looked out my living room window and there were the Goslings (almost fully grown now as these photos were taken back in May – the last on May 27) and the Baby Coots (several weeks younger than the Goslings) all feeding together beside the pond, Yellow Wagtails darting about the lawn nearby. Often, the Mallard family is there, too. Such a privilege and a joy.
But that’s life, isn’t it … a privilege and a joy should you choose to see it that way.