(Wordless Wednesday) The Ugly Gosling

13 Responses to (Wordless Wednesday) The Ugly Gosling

  1. goodbear says:

    nice shot. so, of these two birds the goose is meaner to the rehabber, from what i’ve had to deal with. just ornery. but, whenever i get close to one, i picture them with a red silk ribbon draped around their neck on the front of a christmas card.

    and herons are just super cool.

  2. TheAgedCat says:

    Look at all those gossipy geese up on the hill. Hopefully, the handsome fellow just lets their comments roll off his back like water.

    great pic!

  3. Checkers says:

    Great photo. Love the rock wall, esp. the piece jutting out of the water with that heron on top.

  4. lavenderbay says:

    There’s a great story in an old book no one’s heard of, telling of the author’s child whose thumb was grabbed by the crotchety old neighbour’s gander. The children have been strictly told not to go near the geese, but the geese roam the roadside and bother the children. When Mother can’t pry the gander’s mouth free of her boy’s hand, she drags them over to the chopping block and cuts off the gander’s head. The boy is safe. Imagine the woman’s remorse when her child looks up with wide eyes, and says, “But Mummy, you missed!” That’s geese for ya.

    Now that you mention it, Aged Cat, the heron does look well built for letting the snarky comments slide off. The goose in front has just flung itself belly-first into the water to rush over to the family tossing bread crusts (right beside the sign that sez “Do not feed the birds” ) . The heron prefers a healthy diet of frogs.

    Thanks, Checkers. I’ve seen the wall and the jutty bit often enough, but never adorned with a heron; this pond is bordered by a parking lot, a children’s play area, and the road out of the park, and we were pretty surprised to see Mr. Blue standing serenely in the midst of it all.

  5. livingisdetail says:

    Gorgeous photo. Heron’s are such stately birds. He looks as though he is grandly surveying his kingdom.

  6. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks, Livingisdetail. Usually they’re shyer than this, so it was neat to be able to get so close to this one.

  7. Shelley says:

    Is that the one we nearly ran over Friday morning? Is he following you?

    There was one standing in the middle of the road on my way to the hospital today too!! I think they need lessons from Elmer the Safety elephant!

  8. jamesviscosi says:

    The heron is standing there like, “Yeah, I killed this pile of rocks, and I’ll do the same to you.”

  9. lavenderbay says:

    “The decline of the Great Blue Heron in southern and central Ontario in the first quarter of the 21st Century was directly linked with the increase in small craft breweries. Having partaken of too great a quantity of intoxicated fish and frogs, the Herons would stand stupidly by roadsides waiting for taxis, until the toll of roadkill was greater than that of any other species, including raccoons.” — A Natural History of Ontario Wildlife, 2102, by ThemarvelousinNature Jr.

    That’s fascinating, James! One little photo and one little title, and he’s evolved from martyr to monarch to motorcycle punk over eight comments!

  10. Gina says:

    I see why they call them Blue Herons. He is blue.

  11. lavenderbay says:

    Yes, Gina, his colour is certainly more apparent against a grey wall and green grass than against a blue sky. I’d call it “verandah blue” if there was such a term. 🙂

  12. The heron so dominates that photo that at first glance I overlooked the goose in the water. Then when I looked again, I saw more geese in the background, too. Funny how the eye plays tricks sometimes.

    That’s not Mother Goose in the foreground, is it??


  13. lavenderbay says:

    That’s Greedy Goose in the foreground, Bobbie, the first one to go flyin’ towards the family with the contraband bread crusts. At first I didn’t want the goose in the photo, and I was afraid it would frighten away the heron, but it didn’t. I also realized that this worldwide species (I’ve seen Canada honkers in Hawaii! ) would give a sense of scale to the New World heron.
    Another funny thing about this photo, which I didn’t notice until just now, is that if you run your index finger down from the left-hand tree, you’ll cover the metal sign post and the goose’s neck — they all more-or-less line up. I suppose that this vertical alignment helps offset the strong horizontal of the wall, but I didn’t consciously plan it.

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