Gosling Olympics

Today’s post is the third of 4 posts about the brood of Canada Goose goslings that recently were hatched on our Missouri Ozarks dock.

In the last post (“How to Transplant a Gosling”), I featured images of six little Canada Goose goslings as they left their nest … in one of our large flower pots that is located on our boat dock. As I mentioned in the last post, the first gosling to enter the water “fell” in … while running about the dock, he stepped between the dock ramp and the dock, where a  ”~4-inch opening exists. Today’s post features some more comical antics of this group of goslings, as the rest of the brood entered the water for the first time … enjoy!

In this first image, 5 of the goslings are wandering around the dock … you can see the gosling that fell into the water, at the bottom of this image:

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

One of the parents, the father I think, jumped into the water to be with the fallen gosling:

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

… while the other parent stayed with the 5 youngsters on the dock:

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

But coaxing the remaining 5 goslings into the water was her next task, so she shows them how to do it:

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

That’s about all it took to get the youngsters diving into the lake waters:

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

And finally, the last gosling shows his form:

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

Canada Goose goslings ready to enter the water

So much fun to watch this new family as they leave the nest and go out into the world … but, also nice to get our dock back! In the final post of this family, I’ll share some family photos as they swim off to explore their new environment.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod with Wemberly gimbal tripod head (500 mm lens)
  • ISO 1600
  • Aperture variable
  • Shutter variable

 

 

 

 

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