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Adult geese are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one parent at the front, and the other at the back. While protecting their goslings, parents often violently chase away nearby creatures, from small blackbirds to humans that approach. During the second year of their lives, Canada Geese find a mate. They are monogamous, and most couples stay together all of their lives. The offspring enter the fledging stage any time from 6 to 9 weeks of age. They do not leave their parents until after the spring migration, when they return to their birthplace. Once they reach adulthood, Canada Geese are rarely preyed on, but (beyond humans) can be taken by Coyotes, Red Foxes, Gray Wolves, Snowy Owls, Great Horned Owls, Golden Eagles and, most often, Bald Eagles.

Photographed at the Fair Hill Nature Reserve in Fair Hill Maryland, May 2010.

Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens

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  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakover 4 years ago

    This is great….love the neat trail they are on with the surrounding grass. Very nice shot, Monte. Those little chicks are cute.


  • Thanks Lynne

    – Monte Morton

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 4 years ago

    LOL! How embarrassing for those poor children (well, that’s what my grandkids would say…)! Adorable, Monte!

  • Thank you Monnie

    – Monte Morton

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture Monte! Fabulous!

  • Thank you

    – Monte Morton

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 4 years ago

    perfection! simply lovely portrait of these amazing Creature Teachers; well done! :o) wishing you laughter

  • Thanks Quinn

    – Monte Morton

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 4 years ago

    Good shot Monte, now this is what you call head to head or seeing eye to eye

  • Thanks Tim, nice to hear from you!

    – Monte Morton

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Fine shot of this tete a tete. The goslings look bored, but then, they’re noticing Food!

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • SchwartingSue
    SchwartingSueover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture the moment shot! This is absolutely adorable..Great work, Monte!!

  • Thanks a bunch

    – Monte Morton

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Monte, the timing is perfect!!

  • Thank you Kate

    – Monte Morton

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerover 4 years ago

    So Cute! Wonderful capture, Monte!

  • Thank you Sabrina

    – Monte Morton

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