During the months of October and November the Mallard Ducks will find a mate. They will stay together until the end of their breeding season. Which may end in early March and could last into late May.
The female ducks will choose a place to breed near where they were hatched from most of the time. It is the females that will take care of their young ones.
Geese & Mallards
One sunny day the Mallards met up with the Geese. Goose said to Mallard, “You know you are on our land.” Mallard said, “This Park belongs to all of us.” Goose give Mallard a little shove to make him move. Mallard said,’ I’m going to the water, to cool off.” Goose said that is a good idea, I’m going too. “The other Geese and Mallards that was watching decided to get in the water too.
Goose said, “This Lake is big enough for all of us to enjoy.” Mallard agreed with him. They all had a good day, swimming and visiting with each other.
The young ones (goslings} often will stay with their parents their first year. The young ones get along well with its siblings. They will sometimes coo to each other and at times they will lie down close to each other when they take naps or sleep.
In the spring and summer months the geese will feed mostly on grasses, clover, and submerged aquatic plants.
People food; like bread, popcorn, and crackers isn’t good for the geese. When the geese eat people food, they may stop eating the natural food that is healthier for them, which may cause the birds to become malnourished.
After their hunting trip the young ones are ready for a nap
Redheads usually dive for their food, but may feed by raising their tail up so that they can dabble in shallow water to get to the food that is submerge under the water.
The Redheads will fly low over marshes in the mornings and evenings, looking for an area that they want to nest in. They may also put their nest on uplands, close to water.
Threats to the Redheads are; flying into power lines, buildings, and hunters. When they are nesting they are in danger from boaters.
Mother goose is taking her three chicks on a short trip to the lake, one little chick was having a hard time keeping up with the other ones. By the time the chicks got to the lake they were ready for a big drink of water. Dad shows up at the lake to join his family.
I was far off from the goose so I wouldn't bother her, using my zoom lens and cropping in Elements. The mother goose was adding more sticks to her nest, when a few geese got closer to her, she hisses to warn them not to come any closer. The dad showed up to protect her from the other geese.
Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron can adapt and live around all types of water; it can be freshwater or saltwater. They are great at fishing for their food; they can stand still and wait for their fish to swim close to them or they will walk slowly in shallow water, looking for the fish. Another way they can get their fish is to dive for it in deeper water. Their diet is mostly makeup of fish. They have good night time vision, so they can hunt at night as well as in the daylight.