Posts Tagged ‘Geese


Geese at Sunrise




Goose Snack





Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

I drove over to Necedah Wildlife Refuge, mostly to familiarize myself with the place.  Necedah Wildlife Refuge is a very large area in central Wisconsin set aside for the preservation of natural habitat.  Established in 1939 this is not a park.  You can’t camp here.  You can’t have open fires of any kind.  What you can do here is watch.  What is there to watch?  I had just found my way into the refuge and luckily happened upon the part of the refuge with a very convenient two-story observation tower.  I looked around and decided I’d try to take some landscape pictures, so I pointed my camera at a particular part of the refuge and popped the shot below.


When I clicked the button to take the picture I realized there was a very large bird flying in the center right of the picture.  Even though I am not an expert on birds, I immediately recognized what kind of bird I was looking at.  So I extended the zoom to see if I could get a more focused shot.


At more than a mile away, I didn’t expect all that great of a shot, but it’s good enough to tell it was a Bald Eagle.  There were actually two of them fishing in this area and later I would encounter an adolescent Bald Eagle whose head must have just turned white.  With my eyes open, I began to realize there was an abundance of birds here; Great Blue Herons, Swans, Canadian Geese, Sandhill Cranes, and dozens of smaller birds.


I didn’t recognize this bird right away because it flew with its neck outstretched.  I saw over a dozen Blue Herons, and it seems when they fly over water, they fly with their necks outstretched.


In the photo above are some geese and swans.  All these shots are from at a distance of about a mile  — more than a kilometer, less than two kilometers.  Mostly out of range for my gear, and without a boat, as close as I can legally get.


The Sandhill Cranes were everywhere inside the refuge.  Now to give you some kind of idea about the abundance of wildlife here.  All of these shots were taken within the first five minutes of arriving.


Canadian Geese: Goslings

They grow up so fast.


Seems like just a couple weeks ago they were little yellow puff-balls…


and here they are, enjoying an early morning picnic with the folks.



So You Like Furry Things

When I’m behind the camera, most of my time will be spent in pursuit of furry things.  What could be furrier than some Canadian Geese with their goslings still in their downy fur?


Some of you are personally aware that I write within my writing, speaking specifically to you within the general context of my stories or articles, all in an attempt to keep this blog personal rather than professional.  After-all, when I first conceptualized and then created this blog it was to open lines of communication to one specific person.  However, my list of blogs I follow has grown very long, which makes it very difficult to carry on speaking specifically to one person.


The blogs I follow and the bloggers who follow me are from every corner of the world.  Those of you who post a few pictures with a few lines are my favorites.  I get to learn about your culture and the wildlife in your part of the world and that’s why I’ve continued with blogging even though the reason I started this blog has long since moved on.


What has prompted this post is to welcome one new follower.  I’ve read through some of your blog and feel compelled to follow along, although your claim of being “somewhat mouthy” would usually warrant me to walk away without so much as a second thought to my choice; I would just like to say, You are always welcome here and I hope you find some peace here.

With that said, is it inappropriate to eat a salad for lunch and follow it up with a hot fudge brownie sundae made with vanilla caramel fudge brownie ice cream?


A Few Shots From Thursday

Thursday is my first day off from work.  When the weather’s nice I’ll grab the camera and head out.  Yesterday, I took my chair and headed for that spot by the lake.  It paid off with some nice eagle shots and several other shots worth sharing.


Common Grackle


Canadian Geese with four goslings.  Two weeks ago this couple had five goslings.


Male Baltimore Oriole.  It’s rained here bringing the water levels back to normal.  Shorebirds like sandpipers and killdeers have moved on and the small birds who hang out in the bushes and trees along the lake’s edge have taken their place, like the Baltimore Orioles, Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles.


Male Baltimore Oriole.


With the weather turning really nice and the water levels being higher, fishermen with their boats now move around on the lake, so when the boats began moving around I decided to call it a day and head back home.  Just before leaving I noticed something on the shoreline.  I thought it was someone fishing, but it turned out to be a Whitetail Deer down by the lake for a drink.  The deer intently looked at the noisy boat and decided to head back into the marsh and hide.  I decided to head home and eat.


To Sit and to Watch

I guess it could be considered part of my American upbringing, but it seems natural to sit and watch.  We spend an incredible amount of time sitting and watching television in this country, but I always preferred being outside.  So, now, I take a folding chair that I use during the Summers for camping and carry it out to a spot at the lake or in a park and sit and watch.  The drama slowly unfolds around me as the animals accept the human sitting there.  If I spend enough time in a place they will actually begin to move around me as if I’m not even there, like the chipmunk who seated himself a meter behind me on a log, watching what I watched, or maybe just watching me.  Together we watched the drama unfold on the lake in front of us.  Here are some pictures so you can see what we saw.


Geese with goslings and a muskrat in the lower left corner.  Didn’t see the Muskrat when I took the shot.


While I watched the Geese swim through the algae and out onto the lake…


both of the adult eagles flew off the nest, less than a minute behind each other.


They headed in the direction the geese had gone.

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