Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Weird Tuesday at Market Lake

There were some weird sights and actions at or near Market Lake today as I spent the day watching and photographing birds as the ice is melting fast.

The first weird thing was what appeared to be a racial relationship.  This snow and Canada goose appeared to be a couple. But every time the couple got close to a flock of Canada geese, they were chased away. Eventually the two flew off together only to come back about an hour later.  It seems that even some geese engage in racial prejudice.

The goose in the air was trying to steal the mate of a Canada gander.  As he was attack and tried to fly over the pair, the gander leaped into the air, grabbed the foot of the intruder and pulled him back into the water and the fight was on.

With the receding ice some winter-killed fish draw eagles to feed on them.  This mature Bald appears to be leucistic with one pure white feather on the left wing, two on the right wing with a white chest and belly that extends over the front of the wings.

This pair of Canadas are practicing "agnostic aggression."  Usually geese practice this with intruders, but after driving off the intruder, the gander flies back to his mate who in a submissive pose.

She holds that pose as he slides up to her in his domineering pose with wings out stretched. 

He then shows more dominance by raising his head and honking several times. 

She remains in the submissive pose until he starts leading her away to the bull rushes they have been protecting for their nesting area.

Just another interesting, weird and educational day in the wilds of Idaho.


Monts said...

Great set Bill, you seem to be having a lot of fun at the moment.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Nice shots.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Janie said...

You capture the most amazing wildlife scenes. Great work!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Bill I have to say these great pics have me in awe of the gift you have for capturing wildlife.
They also remind me of how much I have missed by not being by here in a long while.
Thank you for sharing your awesome day with us I enjoyed it very much.
Also I appreciate you coming by and saying hello.
I have to get back into blogging because I do miss great post like yours.

Jann said...

Very nice story line shots Bill! And the snow and Canada goose love story is amazing. :)