After reading Rach's account of seeing the Westport Lake babies at the weekend and gutted that we missed them on our trip on Sunday I headed down to the lake during my lunch break.
I was in for a real treat. The first lot I came across were two families, one adult pair with two goslings, and the other adult pair had one chick and a traditional goose nanny.
As I was taking some snaps around the spmall pond, a couple walked by and told me I had to get over to the canal side of westport lake as there was a group of 18 babies. They'd just witnessed the babies somehow springing from the canal up a couple of feet to dry land.
18 Goslings! I don't know how geese family groups work, but there looked to be two adult geese on the fringe of the group, maybe on watch, and then around the youngsters were waht seemed to be Mum & Dad. I don't know it this one pair of breeding birds had 18 goslings between them, or if this group did. But I'd be interested to find out.
Anyway, take a look at the pictures, of the proud Candaian Geese many offspring.
All together now "ahhhhhh".