Canada Geese swimming in the rushes
It was evening and we were enjoying the peace and tranquility of canoeing on one of one of the many lakes in south western New Brunswick. We spotted a dozen geese. They were swimming in the rushes near the side of the lake.
Gander keeping a watchful eye
A gander was keeping a watchful eye out for any danger and the goslings were herded into the thicker rushes by the adults that swam around the edges. We stayed and watched them for about half an hour. Then, as the light was fading we reluctantly headed for home.
Adult geese swimming near the edges of the rushes
One of the challenges in this situation was getting close enough to take a photo. We allowed the canoe to float closer and closer to the geese. We only used the paddles to guide the canoe and were very careful not to splash. I was using my Canon SX50HS – the 50 times optical zoom (24-1200mm) was just what was needed in this situation. The other challenge was the geese were constantly moving. I used a fast shutter speed 1/1250 and the High Speed Burst which maximizes the chances of getting a good shot. After you have done all that – a lot of times it is a matter of patience and more than a little luck.
Mother Canada Goose and baby goslings.
Parc Omega attracts many birds. One of my favourites is the Canada Goose. I was thrilled to spot this mother and goslings between the Parc Omega driving route and the water.
Canada Goose Gosling
I don’t know exactly how old they are but the goslings are still covered with down and don’t have their feathers. In the wild goslings are born in May so they can’t be more than a few weeks old.
Close up of Canada Goose Gosling
I think that they are very cute!
At the same time as turkeys were hatching in one incubator, goslings were hatching in another. The incubator had a large clear window so this city girl had a birds eye view. Two little goslings were hatched. After they stayed in the incubator for 24 hours to dry off, they were put in with the turkey chicks under the warmer so they would not get cold. The nursery was getting very full!
My sister, Bev had received a gift of 8 goslings from her daughter Emma, 4 American Buff and 4 Toulouse. They were one month old and had graduated from the nursery to a pen outside with shelter from the sun and wind. Bev could not put the gosling’s wading pool in their enclosure yet because they still did not have all there feathers, and if they got wet they would be cold.
Bev went outside and called Babieeees ……. Babieeees; and 8 little goslings cam running to the side of the pen to greet her. Geese love to eat grass. Bev has a fenced in enclosure full of strawberry plants that were over grown with grass. She put the goslings into the enclosure and soon large sections of it were grass free as the goslings ate the grass but did not touch the strawberry plants. What a great way to weed the strawberry patch! One of the first time all 8 goslings were out on the grass they ran for the sheer joy of it Yipeee!
The pictures of the goslings were taken out on the grass in the early morning. I used a Canon 70-300 mm telephoto lens with a hood. The perspective when taking photos is so important. Photos of goslings taken from a standing position look very different from those taken from their eye level. I lay flat on my stomach on the grass to get down to their level when I was taking the photos.