Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Goose


A small flock of Greylag geese - with a couple of Canada goose interlopers - has established itself on the lawns around Saltaire's United Reformed Church, on the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.  The RSPB bird guide is rather sniffy about 'semi-tame and uninspiring' southern British Greylags, saying they don't have the 'special appeal' of the truly wild birds that overwinter in Scotland.  That may be true, but I doubt I could get as close to the wilder birds as I could to this cutie.  S/he was nibbling the grass and roots on the side of the canal and quite unperturbed that I was crouching down with my camera.  At first glance they appear to be 'brownish-grey birds' but close-up you can see the subtle colourings of the feathers, with their white frilly edges.  I think they're very attractive and they have a lovely little head too.

It's just a pity that all the waterbirds round here get filled up with bread that people bring down to feed them with.  It does them no good, and may even kill them.  A lady on one of the narrowboats further along the canal was trying to improve the situation by selling bags of proper food, but she is fighting a losing battle, I fear.

20 comments:

  1. She's very lovely and is very Toulouse looking, they have a beautiful nature.

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  2. I think she looks beautiful too. I agree with the feeding of wild animals, we are reminded over and over again not to feed native birds and animals as they will get sick.

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  3. It remembers me a song I learned when learning english :"number two is a goose, number three is a bee.."
    I agree about feeding, ignorance can be dangerous for wild animals and birds.

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  4. I spent a while at the weekend with my son watching these geese. I didn't know what breed they were, so this is a timely post from you. I couldn't disagree more with the RSPB bird guide - I think they are beautiful birds and I've been enjoying seeing them on the canal at Saltaire.

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  5. What a pretty little bird!

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  6. What a beautiful picture of that goose...love his color!

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  7. Your title...simply...Goose! She certainly requires no further introduction...her beauty speaks for itself. Such a super photograph!

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  8. A really excellent photo of a gorgeous goose. I think she must be a girl goose, she is so pretty. Check your bird book!

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  9. She's a fine-looking goose! I never got a chance to comment yesterday but I loved that shot - beautiful.

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  10. It is a good goose portrait, Jenny. I wonder whey people insist on feeding the birds. They do just fine on their own.

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  11. I just have to do the girl thing and say he's cute!

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  12. Thanks for the lesson, I didn't know that about the bread.

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  13. She does have a beautiful head; very elegant.

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  14. The only way to tell girls from boys is with a measuring tape. Easy if you have a couple side by side- the boy is bigger than the girl.

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  15. Well you can tell the RSPB from me, that's a beautiful goose and I find her quite appealing.

    Also appealing was yesterday's red door!

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  16. So sharp! Beautiful photo and bird.

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  17. I love to see the ducks and geese, all varieties, not just posh ones. This one is a handsome fella. I so heartily agree about all the bread people feed them, sometimes I see full slices of bread being thrown at them. I don't know why councils don't put up signs informing people about what is best to feed the birds.

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  18. Beautiful detail of this sweet little bird. Really nice shot! ~Lili

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