Egyptian goose and goslings
Last week while visiting John, Debbie and our Natal grandchildren in the Drakensberg, Grant and I took the three oldest children out for a milkshake. The restaurant we visited is situated beside a dam with the mountains looming up behind it. While we sat there, a pair of Egyptian geese and their three offspring came out of the water onto the lawn near us. These birds are plentiful in most of South Africa and found near inland water and cultivated fields. The birds mate for life and make their nest on the ground or in old nest of other species, such as the Hamerkop or Pied crow. I knelt on the grass to get photos and the goose hissed a warning. (Doesn't she look fierce?) The gander was in the background and out of this photo. I thought this was a beautifully idyllic scene.
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