Montana Outdoors

November 1, 2011

Bottoms up!

Filed under: Animals, Canadian goose — Tags: — montucky @ 11:35 pm

Bottoms up!

Rather unusual to see Canadian Geese do this.

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  1. Love it! I have seen ducks do that, but not geese.

    Comment by Mike — November 2, 2011 @ 5:07 am

    • Yes, same here. These were near the shore on the Clark Fork River, and there must have been something hatching below the surface. There were several groups of geese doing it.

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:29 am

  2. Very unusual but a good capture of the geese, bottoms up!

    Comment by Anonymous — November 2, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    • It pays to always have a camera handy. This is the first time I can remember seeing geese do that.

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    • It pays to always have a camera handy, great photo as always

      Comment by Evangeline Art Photography — November 2, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

      • Thanks! I nearly always carry about 7 pounds of camera and lenses around with me, but it often pays off.

        Comment by montucky — November 3, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

  3. There must be something very yummy down under. Migration takes a lot of eating.

    Comment by anniespickns — November 2, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    • There was certainly something there. In that general area there were dozens of geese on the water, and most were feeding like that. I don’t know if these were migrating geese or locals: we have quite a few that wil stay the winter here, some years.

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:32 am

  4. Hi Montucky, Yes, I agree! I rarely see the deep dive position – usually the geese graze on shore or just poke their head down in very shallow water. Have a great day! Excellent photo!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 2, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    • Yes, in my experience, this has been rare.

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

  5. I have seen quite a bit of this lately! fun

    Comment by Tammie — November 2, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    • Do you suppose there is a hatch of water bugs, or perhaps an underwater plant is doing something?

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a goose doing that either!

    Comment by kateri — November 2, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

  7. They were practicing a water ballet routine..Lol!

    Comment by Roberta — November 2, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    • It wouldn’t have been “Swan Lake”, would it? (Oh, sorry for that!)

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

  8. This is a lot of fun!

    Comment by Tammy — November 2, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    • I was fascinated. They were continually doing it. Feeding, I’m sure.

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

  9. What a great photograph. Bet they were hungry!

    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 2, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    • They must have been finding something very good!

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

  10. heheheee too cute! =)

    Comment by Tricia — November 3, 2011 @ 7:06 am

  11. What a hoot! Loved this picture because it actually made me laugh out loud! No kidding. :-D

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 3, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! I sure enjoyed seeing them and laughed too!

      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  12. The geese look a bit like penguins.

    Comment by Maggie — November 3, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  13. That’s funny…and cute.

    Comment by Candace — November 3, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    • They did cause me to laugh.

      By the way, I just sent you an email.

      Comment by montucky — November 4, 2011 @ 12:17 am

  14. I got a good smile and a good feeling. Thank You.

    Comment by sartenada — November 4, 2011 @ 4:09 am

  15. I learned only recently (within the last year or so) that ducks which do this are called “dabblers”. It’s an interesting bit of knowledge, suggesting that dabblers in art, writing, photography and such aren’t casual at all – they’re the ones willing to look beneath the surface!

    Comment by shoreacres — November 4, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    • That’s a good point! I was familiar with dabbling ducks, but I’ve never seen geese do it before. There must have been something good there.

      Comment by montucky — November 4, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

  16. Well, how unusual and cute! Great capture making me chuckle. I like what shoreacres commented about “dabblers”. :)

    Comment by Anna — November 5, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    • They sure show up when they are doing that; like little flags.

      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  17. :-) There must have been something good down there! Very cute.

    Comment by bearyweather — November 5, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    • They kept at it for quite awhile, as long as I was watching at least. Something good!

      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  18. fun shot! I saw some geese when I was visiting oklahoma last week!

    Comment by silken — November 5, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    • We haven’t had as many geese here this summer, I think because the extended period of high water in the streams altered their usual nesting areas. Maybe that had something to do with their behavior now too.

      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2011 @ 9:25 am


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