Canada Geese update 12/3/08

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Subject: Canada Geese update 12/3/08
From: David Stowe <>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:00:35 +1100
Peter Madvig, Jim Stowe (my father) and i made the journey down to Killalea SP this morning to try our luck for the geese. We walked along the western edge of the wetland following the path north. At the northern end we cut across (no real track) and found them roosting on the waters edge in amongst the dense vegetation where we had walked past on the western bank. Much relieved we watched them in the scope and they came out in line and slowly swam across to the far north eastern shore. They started to feed and i was able to creep up quite close to them and get some images. Interestingly i wouldn't have called them skittish - certainly not any more so than most birds. When i did show myself to change position they slowly swam back out from their feeding spot but once i moved a bit further away they went back to feeding. Another interesting situation came when a very proud looking Black Swan swan deliberately toward the lead goose and chased it around a bit. It singled out the lead goose swimming right past the other 3 who didn't move. I say "lead goose" as this was the one that led the other 3 across the lake in the first place and was also the one that seemed to call the shots moving away from me etc. Would this one at least be likely to be a male or are they a matriarchal group? ANy one have any ideas?

I will be uploading images shortly to

I have put the scientific name as Branta canadensis (which is the name listed in my NZ field guide). I assume that this is correct?

David Stowe

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