In addition to chickens, turkeys, and ducks we also raise geese here at the farm. This Toulouse gander lost his mate several weeks ago and has been acting out ever since. In particular he has been more-than-usually territorial. Not only does he guard the perimeter of his pasture, he escorts me when I walk across it. If I should stop along my way he stops too and assumes this head-down posture.  I have seen geese defend territory before, especially when goslings are around, but in this case the individuals vocalize first and then act out the rolling neck display in which the head and neck are extended, low to the ground, and waved back and forth. This head down posture is new to me – I wonder what he is trying to say?


12 thoughts on “Inversion

  1. I’m not sure I would try and pat him on the head….maybe he’s threatening you, “You are going DOWN!”… poor guy, Maybe we could write a singles ad for him: Mid Career Male looking for like Female, loves the outdoors and water sports, waddles a bit when walking”

    • You’re so droll! We’ve been looking for a replacement for him without any luck. We can get goslings but would like an adult – perhaps your idea is a good one “MGDR (mature gander) desperately seeks MGSE (mature goose) for waterplay and conversation.” How does that read?

    • Thanks George. We’re working on it. You’d be surprised how difficult it can be to find mature animals of one or another poultry breed. He’s in a pasture with some ducks so he’s not all alone … but he sure would like someone he could talk to. D

    • Thanks. Photo pickins have been pretty slim … work seems to get in the way and awful lot. We’re off to another State Park tomorrow which is reputed to have some nice waterfalls … we’ll see what we can do.

      • I know you have a soft spot for landscapes, but I have one for your animal portraits! I haven’t found your pickins slim at all!

    • Hi Lemony, and thanks. We’ve begun the search for a companion goose – these things take time. The weekend promises to be nice – I hope you’ll have time to get out with the camera. D

  2. Buried treasure? I’m sorry he lost his mate. Will you be trying to find him a replacement? I’m having a horrible time locating a mate for Figaro, my white peacock. I’ve been trying from Maine to Texas, but coming up zero. He’s in a daily state of angst, odd behaviors, and I wish I’d find him a mate sooner than later.
    We had geese, for a minute, a few years ago. Our bird dog had enjoyed them, as goslings, when she had a chance at them. We haven’t had them since. So I’m excited that any day we will be getting Sebastopol goslings. Can’t wait to give round two a try. Love to see more of the poultry/geese in particular when you are out with that camera. Thanks for a neat snapshot into their lives!

    • It can be difficult to find mature individuals of a particular species. We’ve begun the search for a replacement mate/companion for this guy – with little luck thus far. Although we could probably find a replacement of a different breed, we’d like to be able to replace his mate with a Toulouse. All poultry are pretty nice to have around. Except for the chickens, which I love to have simply wandering about, I don’t like ducks, geese, or turkeys to have free range – too much nasty manure (birds seem to make the worst sort of nasty droppings). And, fencing (of the sort that’ll keep birds in) is tough. Anyway … good luck with the Sabastopol’s0 – they are pretty and will be to-die-for as goslings. D

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