Not a bird I normally photograph but happening on this scene I had to snap some captures. Taken last weekend, the early morning sun had bathed the landscape in gold. The colors almost made it look like it was fall. Taken in Longmont, Colorado.
Goslings out and about exploring their new world. One found something tasty on the ground and its sibling had to come over and check it out.
Taken last week while on a walk through a local open space. While Canada geese are a bit overwhelming here in Colorado, I have to admit the little ones are crazy cute! Taken in the Eastlake area of Thornton, Colorado.
Whether wildlife or human, it is usually the mother that provides the glue that keeps the family together. Such was the case with this Canada goose family as the proud parents took their little ones on a family outing. Mom dutifully kept the little ones rounded up as they made their way across the lake.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!
Kind of like from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, I came across this insanely massive flock of geese this past weekend on the plains of Colorado. From end to end, it had to have stretched for more than a quarter mile.
If you want to try counting them, feel free, but I just know there was a LOT of them. 😉
The majority of them were likely Canada geese which we see a lot of here in the winter, unfortunately too many. They become overwhelming at times, particularly when they take up residence in urban and suburban parks.
Well, here is your daily dose of cuteness!
I knew the little Canada geese were going to be hatching soon and was on the lookout for them while camping at St. Vrain State Park, Colorado this past weekend. I found a few different pairs that had a new brood with them including this one that came right by our campsite.
They stuck close to dad and mom and with them barely as tall as the grass, it wasn’t easy to get a clear shot of them. The parents took them to the water and that finally gave me an opportunity to get some captures.
Can you pick out the oddball goose? 😉
I happened across a big flock of geese in a field in northern Colorado a few days ago. Normally I wouldn’t pay it any attention as the Canada Geese are so common, and indeed, somewhat overwhelming at times. However, there was one goose in particular that didn’t quite fit with the flock – a Snow Goose.
While we do see these here during migration, most don’t hang around long. Apparently this guy decided he liked the company of the Canadians better than his own kind.
Alright, here’s your homework for the day: Tell me how many geese are in this image. 😀
During the winter and spring, the Colorado plains are home to an incredible number of Canada Geese. This image captures maybe a quarter of one of a series of groups that came in and landed at Barr Lake State Park this past week.
Most are Canada Geese but you do see some white ones in there which are likely Snow Geese or Ross’s Geese.
I don’t post these pics because they are particularly great but rather because they show a pretty insane scene. I was out on a photo drive northeast of Denver, Colorado and had stopped to at a popular eagle spot. I was hearing a few shotgun shots, not unusual this time of year, when suddenly there was a massive eruption of Canada Geese (and a few Snow Geese) from the nearby fields.
There had to be thousands of them as they all took flight, making quite a ruckus as they did. These birds are not particularly well liked in this area as they make huge messes and their numbers can be overwhelming – as you can see – but it was kind of fun to see this.
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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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.