Nice to meet you Lacey, welcome to the family...
...and much, much better when viewed in the large size.
Good morning. Interesting story about today's pics, which I'll try to keep short and is a must read if you have the time. While heading back from "the pond across the street" this past Sunday two adult Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) suddenly climbed up onto the bank from the pond directly in my path. In tow were five (5) goslings. When the male goose saw me it halted the progression and began making threatening noises. Not sure what to do so as not to antagonize or frighten them I stepped back a few feet and simply sat in the grass.
After about five minutes the chief honcho must have felt I wasn't a threat and they all began leisurely strolling towards me while feeding on clover. Before I knew it they were right beside me and acting like I wasn't even there. At times they were so close I couldn't focus with my 75-300mm lens I had on the camera.
I sat there for a good half hour right in the middle of them like part of the family. It was one of the most magical times I ever spent at the pond. I almost felt they would have let me pet them if I dared.
Then the worst thing happened...my camera card filled from all the shots I took :-(
So I continued to sit there watching in awe until they moved far enough away that I could leave without startling them.
As you can see from the above shot, the goslings were simply adorable. Cutest damn things I've ever seen and to be so close that I could have reached out and touched them was truly special.
I hope you enjoy this short series of images, which will be the first of a number of sets posted in the coming days of a most memorable and unforgettable afternoon for yours truly. It was so nice to make friends with this incredible family...an experience I won't soon forget.
PS...I apologize for more bird pics for a second day.
ISO400, aperture f/5.6, exposure .003 seconds (1/350) focal length 270mm