Tuesday, 3 November 2009

The Crow and the Geese

I had written earlier about the Canada geese that were nesting on our university campus. I`m happy to say that they survived the nesting and are now the proud parents of four cute goslings.

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As we were watching the new family, trouble loomed in the form of this crow:

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The daring corvid, was getting a bit too close to the goslings for the parents comfort.

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…trying to sneak its way past the watchful eyes …

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…to try and sneak a meal. However, the mother goose`s patience soon ran thin….

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…and she took a dart at the crow, who retreated for a bit…

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before gathering up courage to ….

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…make a daring attempt again from behind.

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However, it wasnt getting anywhere near so it decided to hang around and wait for a better opportunity.

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This time though, the geese seemed to have had enough and decided to teach the crow to keep off.

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…and as soon as it got within reach the geese took a pre-emptive strike!

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..sending the crow running for cover.

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The parents then decided it was time to move on to safer waters….

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…and the goslings tagged along obediently.

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They let out a shout of joy on reaching the pond….possibly their first time since nest building.

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..and take to the water.

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…as for the crow….

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…it sat in a corner sulking and looking lost…having to settle for stolen breadcrumbs for its meal.

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All pictures taken with Sony A200 DSLR + Sony 50mm f1.4 lens with a Kenko teleplus MC7 2x teleconverter.

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