Wildlife Comedy: Canada Goose

Capturing the beauty of wildlife is what we strive.

Sometimes a capture result can end up giving us a giggle.

Canada Geese are a good subject for that, whenever they get in their loud “honking” stance warning off others, they can look a bit comical, stretching that neck and waggling that tongue.

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“She Is Mine!”


Silly goose!



21 thoughts on “Wildlife Comedy: Canada Goose

  1. Nice Donna! Canada Geese can be quite amusing and fun to watch! Sometimes they can be quite aggressive! I was walking down a path and did not know a nest was about 20 feet in front on me in the brush. It was way down the path in the other direction.It hit me from behind on the back of my head and almost knocked me out. I give them a wide berth now!

    • Thank you, Reed! I know they can be aggressive but, whoa, that is an attack. I always try to give them wide berth always, I’ve seen people get too close and then have to start running.

  2. Get a room again!! Redux!
    Do you think there’s something in the water?
    Very comical, Donna. πŸ™‚

  3. That pretty much explains it, that phrase (“silly goose”). On the other hand, I agree with the comment by Reed that they can also be very nasty. I remember being attacked by one as a 5 year old. Luckily there were adults around to rescue me.

    • I can remember as a kid too, being at the park and geese chasing people, trying to ‘goose’ them. I am sure they can give a nasty nip if they bite you. I’m guessing you keep a wide berth with them too, like Reed and I.

  4. What I hate is walking around a corner by the pond and coming in between two geese fighting or two pair of geese fighting. When I see that body language, I give them some respectful distance. I remember I saw two ganders attack each other; as they flew into the air and hit each other,it made a big thud as they connected. I saw then how they could break a limb. Stop feeding them people, that is one reason they will chase you, hiss and bite when you get close because they are used to hand-outs, or you are getting too close to their spouse or young.I have seen human parents try to get their toddlers to get close and pet them. Idiots! Just saying…

    • Parents trying to get their toddlers to pet them? Idiots for sure! I can imagine your Canada Geese problem is much worse than ours since the majority of them live in Canada during the summer. Do park areas put up Do Not Feed signs? Humans do make it worse. Humans forget all wildlife is WILD and unpredictable at all times.

      • I agree with your statement. I see people feeding loaves of bread to them all the time, right in front of the “Do not Feed” signs. I avoid the parks at high volume times. I have been told to “f-off” when trying to educate them about the geese and ill-effects on the water, although parents of young children usually listen to me. Park staff are short-staffed but universities spend loads developing programs to oil the eggs, chase with dogs at night, use lasers, fake coyotes, Swans, recorded predator calls, you name it. People are never arrested or ticketed.

        • 😦 I’m with you, stay away from areas when high in human volume. They destroy the ‘nature scene’ so many of us go to see and enjoy from our lone spot or bench. Shame on humans, they should be ticketed.

    • Thank you, Jet! It’s fun when even wildlife gives us a little comedy here and there in our hectic, stressful lives. I believe laughter is the best medicine and so good for our souls. 😊

  5. Hi Donna, I thoroughly enjoyed your marvelous photo essay. The trials and travails of parenting. I wondered about the stuffed toy….how amazing that they added that to the nest. Will check back on your previous posts. Terrific photos and storytelling!

    • Thank you, Jane. I posted on this Osprey pair’s season last year, and still continue to be amazed at what I’ve witnessed and photographed both years. Oh boy, do I take a ton of photos, lol. It gets very hard to cut them down for the post!

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