Friday, May 22, 2015

GOSLINGS


When we were at Huntley Meadows we found two Canada Goose families, with cute little goslings.  The eggs in both families must have hatched around the same time as they definitely looked the same size.  There was a family on one side of the boardwalk, and the second family was on the other side.


You can see one little gosling still behind its mother.  There were seven goslings and the others were all wondering around.  Dad was standing guard over them.












Mom decided to join the family later, along with the chick who had been behind her.


This is the second family on the other side of the boardwalk.  I found it interesting that they had set up residence so close to their neighbors.  They had four chicks.








I loved the fact, at least it seemed to me, that mum had spread her tail feathers out so that her chicks could rest in their shade.


We enjoyed seeing the new gosling families on our walk.  We are never sure when we will be back.  I daresay it won't be that long.

I am sharing with the following. You can see other participants by visiting their links.

Misty at Camera Critters 
Eileen at Saturday Critters
Anni at Bird D'Pot
Michelle at Nature Notes
Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday
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24 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

so darn cute! i'm hoping having two sets of parents nearby the goslings will have protection from predators. :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

they drive dh potty as they are a road hazard where he works, but every year they come back. I think they are cute.

Stephanie said...

The goslings are so cute when they are little all fluffy in their feathers. Great shots!

Red said...

Interesting point about Canada geese families is that they exchange like crazy. Canada geese also adopt readily.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So soft and sweet when they're babies. The ones we see on the lake in Oregon will be teenagers by the time we get back this summer.

Rose said...

Oh, Denise, they are adorable!

Linda said...

They are precious, Denise! I love the hues of green and purple in your header as well!

Elephant's Child said...

Definitely an awwww post.

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful... as are the very proud and protective looking parents!

Lowcarb team member said...

So sweet ... always good to see.

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best Jan

Jane and Chris said...

Oh, they are adorable. Geese are excellent parents.
Jane x

Adam said...

the baby birds are too cute

William Kendall said...

And they grow so fast!

maryaustria said...

The little ones are so cute! A wonderful series of shots!

Sandra said...

those babies are to cute for words. i would love to hold one, but i am betting the mom and dad would say a loud NO... great shots of them and i love the shade with them huddled in it

Gayle said...

Sweet little puff balls.

Debbie said...

Sooooooo incredibly adorable and really amazing captures!! Excellent light and tiny grasses!!

Marie C said...

How delightful, Denise! They tolerated your presence so well, and you got some amazing photos! Loved this post!

Stewart M said...

These are cracking little balls of fluff!

Very nice.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Anni said...

Priceless!!!

To have two sets of families is once thing, but to read that the mom spreads her tail feathers for shading her babies is phenomenal.

diane said...

These are the cutest pics ever Denise. Thanks

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful shots of these fluffy little babies. Hope they stay safe and grow to adulthood.

diane b said...

They are so cute.Great captures too.

NC Sue said...

Great photos! So glad you shared at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/05/textures.html. And in just about 5 minutes, the new Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) will be open for business! Hope to see you there at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/