Canada Geese

A bird often complained about due to their aggressiveness, nuisance, and land damage is the Canada Goose.  I’ve always enjoyed their beauty and noise.  At sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay, hearing them ‘honk’ to each other as they awaken was a joy to me.

There is a small community pond near my daughter’s home in Delaware where I can park alongside and photograph them from my car.

Dropping from the sky, Canada Geese silhouettes can look a bit comical, feet dangling for landing and with the appearance of possible air-collisions about to happen.


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By evening, the pond would be full of Canada Geese for a night’s rest.

Some close-ups from a brighter day…..


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With Spring arriving, it appears these daily visitors have already moved on, perhaps migrating back north to their summer breeding grounds.


37 thoughts on “Canada Geese

  1. We always have a few year round, and in fact just yesterday I photographed a pair mating in our cove, so I expect to see goslings sometime in the future! Thanks for sharing these, Donna!

  2. I’ve seen videos on the internet where these birds chase or attack people, they look quite nasty, even if they are a nice looking bird. And although I’ve never seen one myself, they can be seen at local parks here in Australia on occasion, most likely escaped captive birds or ones that flew in from New Zealand and liked it here so much they decided to stay!

    • Yep, they can chase you, trying to ‘goose’ you as they say, lol. And boy, do they leave a lot of ‘goose poop’! Parks get overrun with them and they will eat up the grass. BUT….I’ve never had a bad experience with them….yet! 😉

    • Thanks Hien! Over time many have started to become ‘resident’ geese and don’t migrate. Food is quite abundant, so why head back north. Also, if one is injured and cannot fly and still has its mate, the mate will not abandon the other since they are bonded for life. How sweet! 🙂

  3. Super catch of the landing gear deployment! All the images are your usual superb quality, but the imminent landing ones are very comical. Thanks for the chuckle.

  4. Beautiful captures of a beautiful bird, especially the flight shot of the single goose. As much as they are a pest they are a beautiful bird. Thanks Donna for a beautiful showcase of this bird.

  5. A nice collection of photos and description of this majestic goose. I just heard a small honking group fly over which always makes me smile despite their negative side.

  6. Thanks for the tribute to Canada Geese. They are beautiful in flight and you have captured them so well. I still appreciate them, or try to. In particular I have a hard time not empathizing with one pair that comes back every year to the Chicago River downtown. They used to nest unsuccessfully in a planter by a building, now I have no idea where they are trying to nest or if they even are, but they are a faithful pair, and I imagine that the gander adores his goose so much that if she insists on coming back to the same location looking for a place to nest, he obliges her. I have heard they mate for life and this pair is a true testimony to fidelity.

    • Thanks Lisa for your comments and wonderful story! Canada Geese do mate for life. I’ve seen situations up and down the east coast where one mate has been injured and cannot fly/migrate back north, so the other mate will actually stay with their life partner and they become permanent resident geese. It’s lovely that CG are true testimony to fidelity! 🙂

    • Thanks Tanja, so nice to hear another likes them also. 🙂 When I lived along the Chesapeake Bay, hearing them awaken at sunrise in the cove during the winter was a beautiful sound.

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