A couple of weeks ago the husband and I started seeing the goslings on the refuge. It’s almost as fun as photographing the eagles when they started migrating in.
The tiny little yellow “fluff balls” are just so stinking cute!
We went out to the refuge this past weekend in search of more cute adorable fluffy goslings. Boy were we in for a surprise! They grow fast! It is amazing to see what a difference a week has made. No, I do not know if they were the same goslings as the week before, but we can sure see the difference!
One thing we have noticed and learned is they have very protective parents. The geese were across the canal from us, so we weren’t causing any real harm, other than disturbing their day and perhaps the swimming lesson and other lessons.
Mom and Dad put their heads and bodies down very flat and they remain very still.
As with any youngster, the babies weren’t as still as they probably should have been. I am sure they have a short attention span as do most little ones.
This mama, kind of resembles a snake that I would not want to mess with!
A couple facts about the newly hatched balls of fluff.
“The newly hatched babies are able to swim immediately. After the babies have hatched, the family moves away from the nesting site on foot toward more favorable feeding areas. Five weeks after the goslings hatch, the females begin moulting (the males begin right after mating). During this time, the adults are unable to fly. The adults regrow their flight feathers and are ready to fly at about the same time as the goslings are able to learn – at nine weeks old.”
Nine Weeks? Really? That means before the end of May! Then what will we photograph?
We’ve only seen goslings, and no ducklings yet. Hubby and I are really looking forward to seeing little baby ducks! There are so many different species on the refuge right now so I am curious to see what the babies will look like!
I think I should pack a picnic lunch and a couple lawn chairs and find a “good spot” to sit and watch and photograph all of these cute babies!
Maybe next weekend!
One thing about where we live and what we get to photograph, is it gives us a chance to not only see some cool birds, but it also gives us the opportunity to do a little research and find out interesting facts about the birds. It is true, we are never to old to learn.
Never in my life would I imagine that I would be going to a wildlife refuge on a weekly basis, find a bird I haven’t seen before, take a picture of it, and go home and break out the bird book. I’m not addicted, so I can’t be classified as a true “Birder” but it is fun to try and identify what you saw while you were out for the day!
One thing I will say is this. Take some time to “unplug” go outside and stop and listen. There are so many different sounding birds that it is really kind of cool to listen to how many different birds are out there!
Set up the video camera, find a great spot on the bank of the water that has a lot of birds turn on the camera, sit back and let the video listen for you. You can even use your smart phone to capture the sounds! You won’t be sorry. Unless the wind is blowing right into the microphone!
Best of all, have fun! You will fall in love with the sounds of nature.
Until Next Time!
Happy Shooting and Happy “Birding”