I went out after coyotes and wound up with goslings (baby geese). I ran into a family of 2 parents and 4 goslings.
Canada Geese are monogamous and mate for life, and are very attentive parents. Wherever they went, one parent lead the way and the other parent brought up the rear, keeping a close eye on babies everywhere they went. They were very protective when they noticed a snapping turtle in the water. They’d chase away other geese and RWBBs that got too close, and would hiss and posture at any dog-walkers and dogs that got too close. I tried to keep my distance, mostly out of respect, but partly because I didn’t want to explain getting beat up by a bird.
One of the goslings was particularly adventurous – I have the most photos of him. He’d be the one leading the way, out in front of the others, and the first one to wander away from the family. Mom and dad goose had their hands full keeping track of him.
Canada Goose Gosling (Branta canadensis)
Crown Hill Park, Lakewood, CO
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 + 1.4TC
Giottos tripod, Acratech ballhead, Wimberley Sidekick
ISO400, f/2.8, 1/320sec