Yesterday I saw the first gosling of the year! Right when I noticed it and was snapping away with my camera, I noticed something interesting happening…
…so, there is the little gosling (soooo cute). Along came a curious Ring Necked Duck followed by some males vying for her attention.
The little duck gets chased by a parent goose who is rightfully protecting it’s only baby.
The duck does not give up. She chases away her male pursuers and continues to follow the gosling, quite smitten by it.
Finally, she catches up and the parent geese decide she is not really much of a threat so allow her to hang out with them. The duck kept swimming around the little gosling who was curious about the duck.
For a short while, she managed to have the gosling all to herself while the parents watched from not to far away.
Eventually the parents decided to step in again and shoo away the duck after they let her have her fun.
I really have not idea why this duck was so interested in the gosling. It seemed to me she wanted to be it’s mother, but of course being a mother myself, I am only speculating from my own perspective! Perhaps she was just curious, or wanted to play. Whatever the situation, it was fun to watch 🙂