The Girl Behind the Camera

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Did you know Canadian geese can dive underwater?

My mom made a comment on my last post in my other blog that reminded me of a set of pictures that I definitely needed to publish.

Even though this blog isn't supposed to have much in the way of written words - I should explain these a little.

Our little lake in Northern Ontario (where I was born and raised) has in the last few years become home to a family of Canadian geese that grows bigger every year. These geese have decided that rather than spend their days in the uninhabited part of the lake, that instead they should hang out and poop in all of the public beaches and swim around in front of all of the docks and places that people usually swim.

The first year we saw them, everybody thought the baby geese were "so cute" and spent time feeding them bread crumbs from the end of their docks.

Then the babies grew up, pooped more, and came back each summer to have their own babies. Geese have a LOT of babies.

Even though we used to feed them ourselves, we now cuss at the people who feed them because it means they'll stick around the area where all the people are.

My father and several other cottagers with boats came up with the idea of herding the geese into the other half of the lake where there are no people so they can poop and honk all day long if they want without disturbing anyone.

This process sounds easy, but take a LOT longer than we expected. Possibly because the geese might be just smart enough to see a speeding motorboat headed their way and haul ass to shore instead of staying on the water. So the herding process required a lot of patience (which my father doesn't always have) and a lot of skill in keeping the boat just fast enough to scare them in the direction you want them to go without running them over / sending them flying to shore.

Before you get angry with my dad for scaring them away, keep in mind that swimming / stepping in goose turd can ruin even the nicest summer day at the lake. People actually gathered on their docks to watch the goose herders tear around in their boats, laughing and taking pictures. My mom had the brilliant idea that we should hop in with our cameras and try for some up-close action shots. In addition to trying not to drop our cameras in the lake, we had a great time trying to hold them steady to catch pics of some pretty impressive maneouvering on the part of the geese. For such big birds, they're very agile...

Here are some of the pics I took while riding shotgun in the boat on one of the "herding missions". I tried to get a picture of the goose that kept diving underwater like a loon (the bird) but well... he was underwater.

After successfully completing Operation: Scare / Chase Geese into 2nd Ella (the cottager's nickname for the part of the lake that's uninhabited), all was calm on our lake again.

Not sure how long the calm lasted... These two look like trouble...


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