“Standing Guard”

“Standing Guard” - Stouffville Reservoir

“Ah yes, the beauty of nature…once we understand life’s delicateness, then we will surely protect and cherish all of its forms.”
― Shannon Leigh Warren

A male Canada Goose, stands guard of its nest, late day sunlight brightening the cat-tails of his construct.

He’s on the lookout for a rather large swan, who is nesting nearby and tends to disturb the peace of the Canada Goose’s nest on a regular cycle.

I stood on the shore and watched this unfortunate cycle play out twice. The female Canada Goose would sit on her nest, the male on watch. Then, the male swan would cruise by, driving the couple off the nest, temporarily. It’s really not the most strategic location and will likely cause issues for the geese for the rest of the nesting season. Surely a better location was available? Or, does the swan’s presence provide additional insurance?

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 105 mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200

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