Pay Attention!

3 Mar

Sometimes I forget to pay attention to what’s going on around me when I’m photographing goats out in the barnyard.  Then I hear the hissing.

hissing goose

When I look, I’m really up close and personal with a hissy gander.

Goose Eye

They are not fun when it’s breeding season, and we’re at the beginning of that wonderful fun aggressive gander time.

Embden gander

Embden goose

This is a good reminder that I really need to pay attention.

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44 Responses to “Pay Attention!”

  1. Alica March 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    I remember when our childhood neighbors had geese…those animals were NASTY!

    • Teresa March 3, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

      Mine aren’t too bad. They hiss a lot, but considering how often I turn my back (or have a camera to my face), they don’t hardly bite me.

  2. TheChieftess March 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Nice closeups!!!

    • Teresa March 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      Sometimes, it’s a little closer than I’d like. 😉

  3. TexWisGirl March 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    evil fowl! 🙂

    • Teresa March 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      It’s the hormones. Evil hormones!

  4. Jan March 3, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    They can be mean lil’ sh__! Ha! But,very awesome looking. Great pictures.

    • Teresa March 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      They can be. Most of mine listen when I tell them to knock it off.

  5. bettyl - NZ March 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    What fantastic shots! I guess when they get your attention they keep it for a while!!

    • Teresa March 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

      They do command your attention.

  6. fredamans March 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    He just wants to model a bit too! 😀

    • Teresa March 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

      More like prove he’s the dominant gander and not me.

  7. janicead March 3, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    Splendid shots!

    • Teresa March 3, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

      Thanks. He was pretty insistent that he was not moving and I should get out of his barn.

  8. erin March 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    And what type of blue eyed beauty might Mr. Hissy Gander be?

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      He is an Embden goose.

  9. Margaret March 3, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    Superb close up shots.

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      A bit too close for my comfort. 😉

  10. Joyful March 3, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

    Your close up shots are wonderful!

  11. Lea March 4, 2015 at 2:28 am #

    Great photos!

  12. Eileen March 4, 2015 at 3:26 am #

    Oh my, are they that bad? Great closeups..

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 6:47 am #

      They can be. Mine are pretty well behaved, but I never trust them during the breeding season.

  13. EG CameraGirl March 4, 2015 at 5:04 am #

    Definitely trying to male a point there. 😉 Love how close you were to take the shots. Maybe a bit too close for YOUR comfort???

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 6:47 am #

      Definitely too close! I try to give them their space during the breeding season.

  14. Nancy Claeys March 4, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Mine are getting rather crabby as well. 🙂

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

      It is that season!

  15. Marie-AZ March 4, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    I’ve heard they can be pretty aggressive! Great photos!

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

      They can be. When they have a nest, they are very vicious and protective.

  16. missy george March 4, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Great shots!! They can be a little nasty when they have a mind to..

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

      They aren’t too bad other than the breeding season, which we’re at the start of.

  17. Jeanne March 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Oh, my, yes! They do demand respect, don’t they!! Or is that R.E.S.P.E.C.T.!! I’m glad they mind you when you tell them to back off, at least for the most part. I should think a goose bite would really hurt!

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

      With capital letters! They are very painful when they bite.

  18. Laura Hegfield March 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    What a beautiful eye!!!

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

      I do love their eyes! Very striking with the blue and orange.

  19. Pat March 4, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    I think that blue-eyed critter is demanding your attention.

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

      He’s demanding I get out of his barn. 😉

  20. Anne@gritandgiggles March 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Love that first shot and it is a good reminder to stay aware. It seems to me that a lot of animals get a bit crotchety during breeding season.

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

      I had a gander that attacked my 3000 pound steer when he was too close to the nest. They are the most fiercely protective I’ve ever seen.

  21. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar March 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    Beautiful – but they have always scared me. Used to garden at a farm that had geese – I steered clear.

    • Teresa March 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      They are horrible this time of year. I’m glad mine mostly give me respect.

  22. pattisj March 5, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    He sure is handsome.

    • Teresa March 6, 2015 at 7:14 am #

      They are beautiful, but they are kind of dangerous this time of year.

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