First Goose on the Vermilion Lakes

I heard a lady walking past me on the Vermilion Lakes road say to her friend that this was the first Canada goose (Branta canadensis) on the lakes this year.  It certainly was the first one I’ve seen paddling around the open water near one of the warm springs that run out of the hillsides and hold back the ice through the winter. 

 

The light was diffused by the clouds and the water was calm with no wind to disturb it.  This bird swam around in large circles, lapping us several times as my wife and I photographed it and the kids watched it.  It honked a few times but was not angry as when something gets too close to a nest.  Seemed more like a call for a fellow goose to stop by.  It could have been an inquiry to a potential mate but I did not see any other geese in the area.

As it was, we stayed with the bird for about half an hour.  I worked with the reflections, the ripples, the edge of the ice and really enjoyed the personality I saw in the goose as it watched us.  I may have been projecting this personality but it seemed very curious and even a little bemused as we looked one another over. 

 

We left when the goose had found something on the edge of the ice that was more interesting than us. 

  

3 responses

  1. Great shots! We have them back here too although the pond is still frozen. They are drinking from any place that has melted.It is nice to have them back.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  2. Beautiful pictures.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

  3. Beautiful photograps Mr.Martin,really enjoy these shots.The one of the goose by the ice and of him looking at you are very nice.Thank you.John Roddy

    March 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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