Sunday, April 12, 2015

THE INDOMITABLE AND LOVABLE CANADA GOOSE AND AN EARLY BIRTHDAY TREAT.

I am taking part in five memes today, but starting off I am linking with Anni's Bird D'Pot, Michelle's Nature Notes and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.

I have always loved the Canada Goose and take photos whenever I can.  We were taking a walk at one of the gardens we enjoy and we noticed a pair, one on each side of our walking path. In the photo below, as we were heading up the hill back to the visitor center, the bird you see was standing guard.  Its mate was on the other side out of sight of my lens, eating .


I am always a little wary of any kind of wildlife, not wanting to encroach on their territory especially this time of the year when they are getting ready to start nesting, but it was hard not to on this path.  Mister kept a wary eye on me as we walked by.


The other did too.



So I walked the gauntlet while taking photos, all watching each other warily.







Are those teeth I see?


I didn't stay too long to find out.


 Carrying on today's theme, we were at another garden and I just happened to pop into their gift shop.  I was humming and harring and telling Gregg maybe we could stop on the way back.  The lady who operated the store and who had been listening outside, told me she would be closing in half an hour.  Well, say no more, I was in there tuit suite!  I bought this.  It reminded me of an old ink bottle and the little bird on top kept calling to me, no matter where I was in the store (it was a tiny store).  I kept coming back to it.  In the end I couldn't resist treating myself, justifying that it was an early birthday present and no my birthday is still three months' away.  Ah well, who needs  excuses?


I thought I might try putting colored rocks into the bottle, what do you think?  Anybody have any ideas how to utilize that space?


For Laura's I Heart Macro


For Judith's Mosaic Monday


You can click on the memes in this post to take you to each blog. Many thanks to our hosts for creating these very enjoyable memes. 

32 comments:

  1. cool canada photos. :) yes, i love that bottle, too. i keep small bottles with rocks in them, here, too. pea gravel is one of my faves to sift thru and combine colors. :)

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  2. What good fun!




    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  3. Love your early bird present. It could look nice with layers of coloured sand...
    The serrated beak of the goose reminds me of our swans. And they do feel like teeth when they are used on you.

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  4. Just love your ink bottle purchase, and the photos you got of the bird stopper! Very lovely! Your shots of the geese are just wonderful! Love seeing the "teeth" and the feathers on his tail! Great post!

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  5. Hello Denise, awesome collection of geese images.. They posed nicely for you! And I love the cute bird on the top of the bottle. Have a happy new week ahead!

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  6. Love your bird shots, the closeup of the teeth and all views and angles of him in your images. And that piece you bought is the sweetest ornament I have ever seen. Those little colored stones would be nice inside the bottle. Let us know what you decide. Great post!

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  7. the geese are so pretty and so is your little bird bottle. colored sand would look pretty in it too.

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  8. I love the little bird bottle stopper! You got great pictures of the geese! I especially like your unusual tail feather shot. Do they really have teeth? Surely not, maybe they are just makings...

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  9. Those do look like goose teeth, Denise. I wouldn't want to know how they feel on skin.
    The little bird is adorable. I think colorful stones is a good idea, maybe from a favorite river or creek.

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  10. Denise,

    I love Canada geese, too...and those do look like teeth inside of that beak! Before I understood the body language of wild birds, I got attacked once by a male Chinese gander...they are smaller than the Canada geese but that male was very aggressive and came at me and grabbed my jeans (leg) with his beak. Now I know...if I see the neck of the goose or gander curl and go into a downward motion, and if I see their tongue come out or beak open I know it is a warning and I back off. :)

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  11. Such a difference in attitude to the UK, where the Canada goose is regarded as a messy non native irritant. Bird watchers never mention them. They don't count.

    I enjoy encountering when running, the flocks of 30 or so birds around the local lake make a good photographic subject, and it's a good giggle when they hiss at you. I always his back.

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  12. Nice set of pictures - the goose does look like the master (or mistress) of all they survey!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  13. The 'teeth' are for filtering their food. I really wouldn't want to tick off a goose,for sure!
    Jane x

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  14. that goose is so very, very HANDSOME, he is all dressed up in a tuxedo.. i did not know they have teeth, never thought about it, but i am afraid of geese... i love your macro and that ink bottle is amazing. i have not seen one with a stopper like that. i like it empty

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  15. A neat looking bottle! I do like the watchfulness of the goose.

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  16. What great pictures of the Canadian geese! I, too, like them and photograph them often. That was a unique find you found in the gift store...colored rocks or beads sound like a good way to fill the space.

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  17. Great pictures again =). This big bird is in Finnish "hanhi" =D.

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  18. The bottle is lovely. I love the geese too, but I try to stay out of reach of their beaks. :-)

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  19. How sweet!
    The geese are beautiful, but terribly messy. :-)

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  20. A gorgeous series of photos! I love the thirt shot!

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  21. I think rocks are a good idea...

    I love these geese, too. It is amazing how many there is now, or at least how many we see. I cannot remember seeing them hardly at all when I was kid, and even after I moved to Indiana, there were not near as many as now.

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  22. I think your new container would be nice with coloured stones or even coloured water.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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  23. Sorry I'm a bit late in paying you a visit this week. I love the close up profiles of the geese. And loved the macros too.

    Thanks for linking up at I'd Rather B Birdin'

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  24. The little bottle is a great find! Love it.

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  25. Scary teeth! Love the little bird bottle.

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  26. I have an old bottle filled with green marbles. My son gave it to me one birthday and I treasure it.

    As for birds and teeth. My parrots have rough places in the roofs in their bills. They take a morsel of food and roll it around until the seed shells, or the morsel breaks up.

    They also regurgitate the walnut bits I give them and grind them in their bills after they have softened in stomach acid a bit. This softened food they feed to their mates or babies.

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  27. Beautiful series of the geese Denise and that lovely little bottle! Thanks so much for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro ♥

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  28. I also love wild geese even though their teeth are really impressive. I love their chatter so much :)
    The little bottle with this cute tiny bird is so lovely and your macros of them are great!
    I think your idea with the coloured stones is a good one!

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  29. Adorable for an early Happy Birthday Denise!!! Birders here don't care much for geese either, but I have really come to admire them here for their intelligence and devotion to family. Yes, they poo a lot. But more so as the native grasses that were more nutrient rich have been replaced by turf grasses which they have to eat more off.

    They don't have teeth really but a serrated part of the bill so that they can cut the grasses that they are eating.

    I am doing a post soon showing a goose making her nest which I had never seen before and most people won't care..LOL... Michelle

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  30. I didn't know Canadian geese had teeth. That's an amazing photo capture. We were used to seeing Canadian geese in Illinois, but my mother and brother had not seen them before. They loved seeing them in Canada last week.

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