Is this their version of a line dance?


I noticed these two geese each leading a line of babies across the lake.  But I have no idea why they were doing this funny thing with their heads.  Does anyone know?

I know that geese can sometimes be a nuisance, but I love seeing their babies in the Spring.

5 Responses to Is this their version of a line dance?

  1. Linda says:

    Hmmm. I don’t know about the funny head thing. In the first photo, I thought maybe the lead goose was doing it as a threatening gesture to protect his family. But, in the second photo, it looks as if he’s getting a drink and Mama’s scolding Junior. ;) Nice photos, though. Love those little fuzzy goslings.

  2. Debbie says:

    Perhaps they were playing “Duck! Duck, goose! Yes, I am ashamed of myself. Sorry! :D

  3. Suldog says:

    Maybe a way of scouting out the water to make sure it’s safe for the kids to paddle through?

  4. Hilary says:

    Holding their heads and necks low is a territorial behaviour.. probably warning would be predators to lay off of their little darlings.

    I’m intrigued by that first little one traveling between the parents. I’ll bet he’s a little troublemaker, and needed to be separated from the rest of the group. “Mom, Fluffy was plucking my feathers!” ;)

  5. Sandra says:

    Linda — I don’t know what they’re doing either, but any pictures with babies in it can’t go wrong!

    Debbie — LOL Love your sense of humor. Why don’t you move next door? :)

    Suldog — Maybe. I sure don’t know. I’ve seen lots of these going across the lake in the seven years we’ve lived here, and this is the first time I’ve noticed this pose And they did it for several minutes too — not just once.

    Hilary — I KNEW you would probably have an explanation! When I told Hubby I was going to post these pictures and ask if “anyone” knew what they were doing, I have to admit the picture in my mind of “anyone” looked an awfully lot like you! :)

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