Last summer my kids and I adopted a Canada goose couple who had nested on a little island near the end of the waterway at the Cattail Marsh. Sadly the nest was raided, probably by raccoons, and the geese mourned for a couple of days before abandoning the nest. Much to our delight they returned to the nest again this spring and successfully hatched a clutch of 6. These goslings are 9 days old. Believe it or not they were swimming before they were even a full 24 hours old. While the parents brought the babies right over to us for bread crumbs, they kept the other geese at bay.
This picture was never intended. My night vision is not the greatest and I used the flash to see if there were any animals near the creek. The light didn't reveal any creatures hiding in the dark, but the resulting picture is almost hypnotic.