Birds of a Feather

I missed the first week of the #2019picoftheweek Photography Challenge, hosted by Of Maria Antonia, but, as I was choosing this week’s photo, I came across two related photos and decided to post both, one for this week and one for last week…

A note about my responses for the challenge: The photos I post will be a mix of old and new.  I’ve taken so many photos over the years, it will be nice to give a handful of them a purpose, but I also look forward to taking my camera out and snapping new ones too.

So on to the photos for Weeks’ 1 & 2…

These photos were taken at the beginning of 2017, when I was going through my moody black and white photo phase, which I think suits the personality of geese perfectly.  Here we have a number of Canada Geese swimming peacefully up the River Great Ouse, which passes through my village in North Bedfordshire, UK.

Week 1 – Three of A Kind

Taken: January 2017

Week 2 – All in a Row

Taken: February 2017

27 thoughts on “Birds of a Feather

  1. Namaste Sammi 🙂

    Geese may appear a little moody – at times raucous, verbose and energetically flappy – but they have many wonderful traits worth celebrating with a splurge of colour. They are supremely loyal to family and other birds in the flock and take great care of their young to the point where the mother of a sick chick forgoes migration to remain with her child, which I find charming.

    I’ve never knowingly enjoyed visiting this river. I say knowing because the Ouse is one of several with that name flowing through the UK. It’s quite possible when much younger I enjoyed its vista: my early years were spent living in Herts, Beds and Bucks, and family remain a stones throw from Cambridge – albeit a longish stone’s throw.

    It’s an interesting list of challenges Maria Antonia has provided and certainly gets the mind thinking. Now, if only I could find the leads and peripherals for my camera I’d think about having a go. As it is they’ve been misplaced after moving house and I’m still searching for them…jut a few boxes left to sift through.

    Thanks for sharing….a nice take on the challenge. Hoping Sunday is as relaxing as all Sunday’s should be.

    Namaste 🙂


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    • We are lucky in having a park locally that is full of Canada geese. They fly over our house and we must have had at least 50 goslings hatch last year. I find it fascinating how they form creches (we had two instances where 2 broods of 7 babies joined with the four adults, one set each side of the lake), and I was ‘allowed’ close access to one such group to take some of my amateur photos. We have four on the lake at the moment, one has a bad wing so it’s possible a second is its mate, and we know that one goose only has one foot, so that might account for the other pair.

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      • Namaste 🙂

        How wonderful to be able to see first hand and up close nature in all her splendour. It delights me that you have taken such interest and find enjoyment in doing. Human beings share many common denominators with our feathered friends but one often wonders if our sense of community – if love and friendship – is demonstrated as strongly or whether in fact we still have much to learn.

        It is endearing to learn that one pair of adults with injuries are supported and their deficiencies compensated for by others. Of course there is also a little amusement to be found in speculating that the one footed goose swims around-and-around in circles, bless them 😀

        I read on your gravatar profile of time spent on a narrow-boat, which must have encouraged your enjoyment of nature no end. I imagine it to have been a wonderful experience and left you with many stories to share. I trust the wildlife inhabiting the Lincolnshire coast have welcomed you into their fold. It sounds a beautiful place to retire to.

        Have a wonderful week. Namaste 🙂


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      • How lovely of you to respond to my comment. Thank you.
        Yes, we did see Nature close up on the boat, and the swans used to bring their youngsters into our basin and linger around our boat, though we never fed them. It was terrific to see the cygnets grow from hatchlings to full size. We have been lucky to see it here with the geese and ducks too. All being well there should be seals pups coming ashore to rest in the next month or so as I understand it’s the breeding season. The sanctuary a few miles away is amazing.
        I appreciate Nature more than ever these days and trying to attract birds into our garden as I miss watching them as we did in the cottage.

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      • My pleasure 🙂 Your interest in Nature – the charming memories you share – and the obvious pleasure you derive shine-out from between your words. Retirement affords you opportunity and more importantly the time to spend with Her. I’ve no doubt every moment will bring new memories to treasure.

        Seals on your coastline,
        Pups on the shore,
        A sanctuary close-by,
        Memories galore.
        Waiting for warblers,
        Songbirds and feathers,
        Your Lincolnshire corner,
        A garden of pleasures.

        Wish for the birds and they will come 🙂

        Namaste 🙂


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      • I agree totally, and to see so many growing up was wonderful. We have huge flocks fly over our house in the evenings as they head back to the park for the night. Apparently 2018 was the best year to date for both goslings and ducklings! I’m glad I got so many pictures.

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    • Thank you, Dewin. I loved reading your information about geese. And a mummy goose foregoing migrating to stay with a poorly baby goose -gosh, that’s just the sweetest thing I’ve read all day!

      To distinguish our “Ouse” from others, we have added “Great” in front of it. What makes it greater than the other ones – I think I only know of one other, in Yorkshire – I’m not entirely sure…

      You’ve moved? I hope you’re settling into your new abode. I was going to say Home Sweet Home, but that’s rather twee 🙂

      Enjoy the rest of your week. Brightest Blessings 🙂

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      • Namaste Sammi 🙂

        My pleasure – I wouldn’t have included such information in a response had it not been for relatively recent interest in such things as a result of having moved. I live – albeit temporarily – next to a lake and enjoy time spent wandering along her banks whilst watching the birds – mainly ducks, geese, swans – idle at work and happy in play 🙂

        Regards the Ouse – here is a link to a short article you may be interested in. You are right to suggest differentiation of these rivers is via a prefix, eg: the Great Ouse. Worth a quick read if you get five minutes 🙂

        Yes, I’ve left Wales and moved back to England: this my 51st address. Perhaps the next dwelling I occupy will be a place to stay for a few years. Thank you for well wishes: although none have really been homes per se – I’m not there long enough for them to be so – they are more a succession of walls and roofs, front-doors and windows with stuff inside I’m still roaming.

        Thanks Sammi. The weekend is just around the corner so I might well catch up with you again at some point. Until then…

        Take care. Namaste 🙂



  2. Nice! I’m glad you did the two prompts in one shot 🙂

    #1 – I love that there’s a group of three in the foreground… and then there looks like there’s a another group of three in the background!

    #2 – You got all your ducks in a row in this one… Well, actually geese. But close enough. I love the look of Canada Geese.

    Nice captures!

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    • Thank you 🙂 One week in and I’m really enjoying the challenge.
      I think there is a nice symmetry to having the three birds in the foreground and three at the back.
      And that was my thinking also.
      Now to pick photo #3…

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