"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Friday, April 4, 2014

The Creek Side View, Part III, Territorial Dispute

When I arrived at one of my favorite observation points near a small creek I spotted a Canada Goose savagely attacking what appeared to be a domestic Pilgrim Goose.  I can only assume that the domestic goose ventured too close to the nest site of the Canada geese and the gander attacked to defend its' territory.  Initially the Canada goose was pecking the face and eyes of the domestic goose...


 
When the white goose attempts to move, the Canada pecks at its' rump and back...

 
 

 
When the domestic goose slowed down the least bit, the Canada climbed onto its' back and forced its' head underwater...
 



 
 
If you have ever been bitten by a goose, you know that their bite is very painful.  It is difficult to imagine the punishment that was delivered upon the domestic goose in this encounter...
 







This went on for a long time.  The last view I had of the geese was as the domestic attempted to retreat downstream towards the mill where it lives...




Sometimes, as an observer of nature, we are presented with sights that are not pleasant to see.  In the world of nature there is no empathy or sympathy.  There is only the instinct to survive and procreate; in spite of the view that many uninformed individuals would have us believe.

Be well, stay true to yourself, and visit often.














 


2 comments:

  1. I feel bad for the domestic goose. I can only imagine the horror it felt. So, did it get away?

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  2. Oh what sad to see. Why didn´t he defend himself??
    Great documented

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