Chicks, Man

While I was able to capture some nice shots of other spring newborns this year, as usual the most ubiquitous and easy to photograph chicks were Canada Geese. Between April and early June these goslings are just about everywhere around the Bay, as evidenced by the goose pellet landmines strewn along miles of shoreline. When running along the bay trail, I sometimes feel more like a triple-jumper than a jogger.

A Canada gosling eats large quantities of short grass
A Canada gosling eats large quantities of short grass

However, as annoying as these geese can be, you can’t deny the cuteness of their offspring! Here are a group of four heading across the road to (literally) greener pastures.

Four Canada goslings cross over the center yellow line of a road
Four Canada goslings cross over the center yellow line of a road

In all I probably saw about ten different groups (gaggles?) of chicks with precocious trouble makers running off by themselves. Each group was accompanied by at least two adults, and some families would group together with four or five adults and as many as twenty little ones. The watchful parents had their work cut out for them, but all in all, this is a relatively safe environment.

A Canada Goose watches over its chicks as they eat short grass
A Canada Goose watches over its chicks as they eat short grass

It was a pleasure to see the new families partake in a variety of activities, my favorite of which was swimming lessons.

Ever watchful of its chick, a canada goose leads its young out on a still lake
Ever watchful of its chick, a canada goose leads its young out on a still lake

Yes, they poop a lot, make a racket, and get in the way sometimes, but I for one am a fan of the Canada Goose.

  • A “Soup” fan? 😉 I’m a sucker for “common” birds, particularly urban birds who don’t get enough love. These are exceptional images of Canada goslings. I particularly love the photo shot from the perspective of mom’s (or dad’s) legs.

  • Yes, Ingrid – I’m glad you got the Soup reference! 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words.