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Goose gets very territorial

I was sitting observing a pair of my favorite bird (you know what kind) when there was suddenly a bit of action right in front of me. One Canada Goose had decided to claim a section of the pond as its own and wasn’t willing to let any other geese in. It comes flying in at another pair of geese landing right on top of another. As those two headed off for a different spot, the aggressor gave pursuit. It was a pretty fun sequence and their aggressiveness was clearly on display as they prepare to mate and lay eggs soon. Taken at St Vrain State Park, Colorado.

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A Canada Goose chases after other geese that were intruding on its territory. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Canada Goose chases after other geese that were intruding on its territory. (© Tony’s Takes)

Gosling practices its best ‘mean goose’ impression on its sibling

This little Canada Goose was quite the character. It and five of its siblings were following mom and dad around St. Vrain State Park, Colorado recently. While the others were behaved, this one decided it wanted to practice the hissing that adult geese do when threatened. From one sibling to the next it would go up, open its mouth and stick out its tongue, and try to make the sound. Adults can be kind of mean and aggressive and if they hiss at you, you better give them some distance. Coming from this little one though, it was pretty comical.

Big step for a little gosling

With Mom trying to lead her new family to water, her little ones were trying to figure out how to navigate their way across some very large rocks. It took them some time but in the end they were all successful. This is a good reminder for humans too – the obstacle in your life might be bigger than you but that doesn’t mean you can’t handle it with some perseverance!

Canada Geese are not something I normally photograph – they are very common here and their numbers (and poop) can be overwhelming. However, when their goslings come along, I can’t help but snap pictures of the cute little ones.

My willingness to take pictures of them was also aided by the cruddy, dark weather this weekend which made shooting my other, more ‘high power’ subjects difficult. This little one was Taken at St Vrain State Park, Colorado.

A gosling works to navigate some very large rocks. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gosling works to navigate some very large rocks. (© Tony’s Takes)

Canada Geese take flight route over the moon

A relatively uneventful and quick photo tour after work today. I was hoping this flock of geese would fly directly in front of the moon but they chose a higher altitude path. Nevertheless, kind of a neat image. Have a great evening, everyone!?

A formation of Canada Geese fly through the sky with the moon in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

A formation of Canada Geese fly through the sky with the moon in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

Migrating Snow Geese join Canada Geese in flight

Northeast of Denver yesterday I watched huge masses of geese take flight. Wave after wave passed over, many landing in the nearby fields in such huge numbers they darkened the landscape. Most were Canada Geese but interspersed among them were small numbers of Snow Geese that stood out from the more dominant dark birds with their snow white plumage.

Here in Colorado, some Canada Geese are present year-round but during the winter their numbers swell as many migrate here for the colder months. Most locals tend to dismiss them and pay them little attention and oftentimes view them with disdain as they can be overwhelming (especially their poop!).

Snow Geese on the other hand only stop briefly while migrating to and from their summer homes at the farthest north reaches of North America. Few stay in Colorado for any length of time so it is a bit more unusual and fun to see their gorgeous white forms when they fly over.

Snow Geese and Canada Geese in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snow Geese and Canada Geese in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snow Geese and Canada Geese in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snow Geese and Canada Geese in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Back-lit gosling

This cute little one was quite fascinated with the guy on his hands and knees pointing a camera at it. The back-lighting was a challenge but helped to illuminate the soft down covering the little Canada Goose. ?

A gosling rests in the grass with the sun at its back. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gosling rests in the grass with the sun at its back. (© Tony’s Takes)

Gosling overwhelms with cuteness

Everyone say, “Awwwww!” These little ones were not the primary target for today’s photo shoot but I couldn’t resist and took a ton of pics of them. They were milling around with their parents alternating between eating and resting. This particular little one seemed more interested in the ‘rest’ part. 😉 Taken at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado.

A Canada Goose Gosling rests in the grass.   (© Tony’s Takes)

A Canada Goose Gosling rests in the grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Clear the landing area! Make room for one more!”

A Canada goose comes in for a landing on a very, very crowded lake at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday. Much of the lake was frozen over so there were hundreds of geese all crowded into what little bit of open water there was. Steam rose from the water in the bone-chilling single digit air temperatures helping to soften the image and give it a nice feel.

A Canada Goose comes in for a landing on a very crowded lake. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Canada Goose comes in for a landing on a very crowded lake. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden geese take flight at sunrise

A gaggle of Canada geese take flight in Colorado. The sheer numbers of these birds here in the winter are astounding and as a result a lot of folks here don’t particularly care for them. I typically ignore them but when a bunch get going, it is fun to watch.

A gaggle of Canada geese take flight in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gaggle of Canada geese take flight in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Gaggle of geese take flight as bald eagle causes panic

This past Friday there were hundreds of geese on Lower Derby Lake at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Also there enjoying the beautiful morning were at least 19 bald eagles who were standing on the ice and intermittently going fishing in the parts of the lake that weren’t frozen.

The geese were keeping their distance from the raptors, certainly a smart move. However one of the eagles decided to do a low flyover of the gaggle and that was all it took to send the passive geese fleeing into the air. This images captures the flock as it takes off. Notice the 11 or so bald eagles on the ice as well.

View more pictures from that day at the Arsenal below the image.

Geese take to the air after a Bald Eagle flew over the gaggle sitting on the water. (© Tony’s Takes)

Geese take to the air after a Bald Eagle flew over the gaggle sitting on the water. (© Tony’s Takes)