Saturday, June 6, 2015

Gaggle of Goslings

 More than one family

I admire Canada geese for the way they get together to protect their young.  Turtles  - yes, sweet, slow-moving turtles  - are known for dragging goslings under to drown them.

Rounding the babies up

And some other critter has been capturing them and leaving the dead evidence along the pathway on the dike along with dead fish. I guess everyone has got to eat!

I am linking to Saturday Critters HERE.

36 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

it is great the way thegeese put theminto a crech to kepp themout of haems way. Great shots. Have a lovely weekend.

rainfield61 said...

And amazingly, they learn not from school.

visualnorway said...

That reminds of a kindergarten on tour :-)

Bob Bushell said...

Swarms of them, lovely.

guild rez said...

Great pictures!!
Observed the large goslings creche with adult Canada geese in lakes close by.
Have a nice weekend,
Gisela

eileeninmd said...

It is great they keep together for protection. The goslings are adorable. Great shots! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

cieldequimper said...

Didn't know about the turtles, but then that's Nature for you!

Amy at love made my home said...

You are right about nature, but it never seems fair does it. That is the way things go though. Beautiful photographs! xx

Anvilcloud said...

Nature red in tooth and claw, eh?

Revrunner said...

Shifty turtles. :-)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I have never known about that until I saw a video on facebook the other day. It shocked me. We have geese on our pond, and I know we have snapping turtles also. Do the turtles eat the babies, or just kill them for sport. I guess I didn't think turtles were meat eaters. Now I've got to go on a google search. LOL!

jo(e) said...

Turtles? I had no idea.

Sandra said...

so cute. i did not know they gather together to protect each other, like elephants do, the kids belong to everyone... i like that. so sorry they are part of the food chain

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos!

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Small City Scenes said...

Little goslings are so cute. We had 7 babies at the pond this year and Mom and dad brought back all the babies born over the years too--I think. they are gone now---thank goodness.

TexWisGirl said...

that's why i never hope for ducklings on our pond. we have a couple of snapping turtles again...

Karen S. said...

Ah yes, the bigger their family the happier they are!

Sylvia K said...

I do love the ducklings!! I hope these survive the snapping turtles!! Beautiful captures as always! Hope your weekend is off to a great start!! Enjoy!!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is quite the family gathering! The goslings are so sweet. Nature is cruel isn't it?

RedPat said...

I hope that doesn't apply to the painted turtles, EG! I would be shocked.

Indrani said...

Oh! I didn't know turtles eat goslings.
It is a great family pic.

Debbie said...

babies, babies.....everywhere!! it's just that time of year!!!!

VP said...

That's a lot of babies!

Kathy said...

Cute little critters. Just like humans - some grow up to be loud and obnoxious!

Linda W. said...

Very cute shots!

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Lovely shots, parents and their young eh!

Valerie said...

A great series of captures - I especially like the shadows and geometric shapes in the third shot. Happy weekend to you!

Stephanie said...

So very cute!

Janie said...

The family of geese is so cute. Sad that even they have mortal enemies. But that's the way nature works.

Ruth Hiebert said...

The little ones are so sweet.I agree everyone has to eat but I still don't like to see these young ones killed.

Adam Jones said...

They are very protective. I was hissed at by a pair just yesterday.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Yes, indeed. I have a picture of a mom and just one baby. I'm sure she hatched more than one egg!
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Rose said...

Oh, these are so darling...

William Kendall said...

That is quite a crowd!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The goslings are adorable!

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