Tag Archives: Egyptian Geese

You’ll Never Eat Alone

Seagull 1

Sit down on a bench with a sandwich in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, and you will soon attract some company.

Seagull 2

This handsome chap came over to share my sandwich. (Yes, of course I gave him some.) I think he is a lesser black-backed gull.

Seagull 3

I found it interesting that seagulls were so prominent all over Edinburgh; more so than when I was actually at the seaside in Suffolk.

I would wake to their loud calls early in the morning.

But I did not mind one bit. Their plaintive cries were music to my ears after the cacophony of screeching Egyptian Geese and Hadedas that I am used to here in Cape Town!

 

photos taken with my Galaxy phone.

 

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Sunset Fly-by

Sunset Geese

Sunset Geese

Wedgie!

Egyptian Geese fly by in a wedge formation, heading into the setting sun.

I know the photo is a little blurred, but the light was rapidly fading and my trusty point and click Canon did its best, at least capturing the spirit of the evening flight.

 

post script: You can read here about Why geese fly in a V shape. And Dawn Patrol to see my skein of flying geese.

 

Sunday Promenade

Geese 1

Geese 1

It is important for every family to get enough exercise.

Geese 2

Geese 2

These Egyptian Geese are no exception and put their best foot forward.

Geese 3

Geese 3

Led by Mum (or Dad!) the kids waddle along in single file.

Geese 4

Geese 4

They make quite a spectacle, as they head for their preferred place of residence for the night.

Geese 5

Geese 5

And as they entered the old age home, the guard at the gate held the security boom high for them.

Actually, he had opened the gate for a car to come out, but it was taking its time, so the geese made the most of the opportunity!

 

Pit Pat Paddle Pat

Baby Geese

Baby Geese

Baby Geese paddling in a puddle, in the Gardens, Cape Town.

Mum and Dad on Guard

Mum and Dad on Guard

Mum and Dad guard their chicks from annoying humans, who selfishly wanted to walk on this main pathway!

Behind the Egyptian Geese is a large ornamental pond where they had all been swimming. For some reason they got out and stood by this tiny rivulet and the babies immediately started splashing around in the puddle. All except one forlorn baby who seemed unable to climb out of the steep-sided pond and squeaked loudly and continually while his siblings played.

When we came back later, the whole family was once more reunited in the pond. Phew!

 

Watch the Birdie!

I just took the opportunity to walk Mr Spaghetti Legs and Little Monkey, in glorious winter sunshine, during a break in the storm clouds.

In a small area of open grass by a busy road I saw:

3 Guinea Fowl, 2 Egyptian Geese and 2 Spotted Dikkop

I was particularly happy to see the Dikkop, as I haven’t seen them around for a while. They have very long legs for their body size so look quite comical.

A little farther along, on the soccer field, there were:

20 Guinea Fowl, 2 Egyptian Geese and 2 Hadeda Ibis

None of these birds were very common in this area twenty years ago, but they obviously find it to their liking, as they thrive here. What pleasure they add to a simple dog walk. 🙂

The highlight for me, however, was the Black Headed Heron that I saw again last week, for the first time in many years. It is about a metre tall, blue-grey, with a long neck and beak. Its defence seems to be to stand perfectly still with its beak held vertically in line with its neck. This worked so well with my old dogs, that we could pass by within a metre of it, and my dogs never noticed it.

This didn’t work with Little Monkey, as she had already spotted it moving behind the trees. While she does not chase birds on the field, I don’t know what she would have done with this very large bird. Luckily, she was back on the lead, and by the time we approached the heron, it had adopted its completely motionless stance, and would be undetectable to most dogs. Certainly, Mr Spaghetti Legs never knew it was there.