Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Flying Lessons

Chandel, our west coast correspondent and chief photographer, filed the update below on the maturation of this year’s goslings from her favorite San Diego lake.

“The geese are nearing the end of their molt and are trying their hand at flying. Some can fly far above, while others are flying low.  BUT I got to watch the parents giving their offspring flying lessons.  I could always tell who the babies were because they kinda kicked their feet while in the air, almost like they were trying to stand.

"In between flight lessons, everyone preened.  They vigorously flapped their wings on top of the water, and, many times, dove under water and were 'gone' for about 10-15 seconds.  This whole thing went on for about a 1/2 hour.  It was so fun to watch.”

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1 comment:

  1. today i witnessed something very impressive. Little Jasper was with his parents and when they saw me, rather than walk or run, they took flight and flew right up to me. Seems baby Jasper has nailed this flying thing :)


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