This is a story of nest defense. The other day I was out at my favorite local marsh watching a Great Blue Heron forage along the shore. One time the heron ventured too close to an incubating Canada Goose female, and the male goose immediately flew over and drove the heron off. I watched this entertaining interaction with amusement, but was too far away to get any decent photos of the birds.
Minutes later, the whole scenario was repeated, and this time I was a little closer. Here’s how the action went:
I’m not sure it’s a wise idea for the goose to threaten a taller bird that carries such a wickedly sharp, pointy beak. I mean, they stab fish with that weapon. Who says they wouldn’t use it to thwart aggression from bad-tempered Canada Geese?