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Ducks against the sea...

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I went out this morning to give Chato (the pooch, err, not me) a break, and found myself innapropriately dressed. While it wasn't that cold, the wind was blowing at forty fifty miles an hour. So I only stayed a relatively short time, and spent most of that with my hands in my pockets. But I did run into this flock of Brandts Geese, and they were struggling in a life and death battle against nature. Well, maybe not. In fact they seemed to be enjoying this. At worst, if I could interview one of them he would have said, "No big deal Jack, we Live here. Remember?"

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While it may be routine for them, I was struck with this, climbing the wave routine...

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One of them takes time out from this, err, desperate struggle to munch down some eel grass, their favorite food.

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Some of the waves were a good ten feet high, and that's respectable by any standard.

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The Brandt Goose, is strictly a marine bird, and they almost went extinct about fifteen years ago. Something killed off their food supply; eel grass almost disappearing. Their numbers dropped like a stone until one Brandt genius talked or quacked the survivors into eating the grass that grows on highway borders. Their numbers grew again, and as a bonus the eel grass made a comeback.

I like these little social geese. I couldn't resist the title of this thread... :D

Dave

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Plus, they aren't covered in oil!

-Scott

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Plus, they aren't covered in oil!

-Scott

LOL!

Tes indeed. From time to time I come to the sea, when it's rough, and cold, and I wonder how long I would survive. And last Saturday, it was rough, as rough as these protected bays get, although no doubt I've missed some bad times...

And here are these little geese, having a great time. I would need a video to show this, but they were flipping themselves over the crests, and while I hesitate to anthropomorphize, at least I know that they weren't uncomfortable. :)

Dave

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Really enjoyed those excellent photos.

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I'm working to hard cleaning up after Sandy to go visit this beach, so I have no idea of the effects of a hurricaine on these little Geese - And for that matter I have no idea if I have a beach to go back to.

But much thanks for the compliment

Dave

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