On a recent jaunt through the country side we stopped at Willy's Lake - a private pond - where we are always sure of seeing some birds. The Canada Geese seem to be flocking up for their trip south. With the warm weather we have been having it doesn't look like they will be going any time soon.
It was bath time - and they made the most of it. I saw one Goose turn completely over in the water - belly side up - but didn't get a photo - wish I had caught it in time.
After bath time they sat on the shore and chatted
Lots of flapping going on
This is my favorite - you can see where the feet hit the water as the goose is taking off - walking on water
There were other critters there too - a Great Blue Heron on an artificial island in the pond. We didn't know that it was an artificial island until we saw this damage to it - after the big storm last week. There are foam floats under the "island - which is covered with dirt. It has been there so long that plants have grown on the dirt - making it look like a real island. I wonder if they will repair it.
This is more of the island and larger pieces of the foam floats. This part of the island had a full grown weeping willow tree and it blew over in the storm - damaging the island and the floats. You can see the large white pieces of foam (right side of the photo) that held the island up.
Here is another island in the pond, right next to the first floating island - you can see the tree tipped over onto this island.
This is a picture from last autumn with the tree and the island undisturbed. The roots must have been very shallow on the tree. There are shore birds on the left end of the island.
And a young girl was riding her horse on the other side of the pond
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