Two proud Canada geese parents led a flock of young geese along the Aquadrome in Rickmansworth recently.
The gaggle, suspected to have consisted of over 50 geese, even made national headlines as The Daily Mail and The Sun were enticed by their majestic appearance.
It was a period between May 10 and 20 last month that the geese were seen in their impressive numbers, with locals spotting them as they sailed in their boats.
It’s no surprise the geese were out and about for so long – in spring they can spend up to 12 hours straight eating leaves, flowers, stems, roots, seeds and berries ensure they get enough nutrients.
Residents may have also heard them bickering among each other – adult Canada geese have about 13 different calls, ranging from low clucks and murmurs communicated while feeding and loud greeting and alarm calls. Goslings even start to communicate with their parents while they’re still in the egg. A gosling can make a call, or peep, if it’s distressed or content.
Picture courtesy of Sue Lowden