This is part two of my trip to BASF Waterfront Park last Saturday.
It’s a short and sweet post about the various families of Canada Geese I saw on my morning stroll. The geese and goslings were the highlight of the morning. There were four different families, with goslings in different stages of development, from tiny fuzzballs, to those with adult plumage and they looked big enough to fledge.
The parents seemed a bit skittish, likely from all the boaters invading their domain, so the geese were mostly on land or hugging the rocky shoreline when the whole family ventured into the water. I was in a primo spot, standing on one of the overlooks, so I could see the families paddling right beneath where I was standing. The header image shows the almost full-grown goslings. It looks like they’ve been in the mud or taken a dust bath, but it is just their adult plumage coming in while some yellow fuzz still remains. I thought it was an interesting picture so I used it up top.
You don’t realize the progression of growth in these feathered babies until you see the various sizes on display here (in no particular order).
Smooth sailing … well, maybe not so much.
There was a small traffic jam on the River with boats and geese galore!
With so many motorboats, the smallest goslings were having a tough time keeping up with Mom and Pop, staying upright and not tilting over from the size of the waves. A couple of times I held my breath, afraid the wee ones would be sent crashing into the boulders, but they hung on and probably just got a little seasick from the waves.
Note to Mom and Pop … pack a little Dramamine next time! 🙂