Canada Geese matingCanada Geese mating – Nikon D300, tripod mounted, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Officially it isn’t spring yet but the Canada Geese here in the Salt Lake Valley don’t seem to be paying much attention to our human calendars at all and have begun their mating season. A few days ago at a pond near where I live the Mallards and the Canada Geese were pairing up and mating. Canada Geese may be common but I don’t like to pass on taking images of common birds. After all what is common for our locations aren’t common at all in other parts of the world.

The image above shows the gander mating with the female while he has a firm grasp on some of the feathers on the female’s neck.

Copulation CompleteCopulation Complete – Nikon D300, tripod mounted, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The whole mating process only took a few seconds which is probably good for the female since she was completely submerged at times. In the image above there feathers are still ruffled where the male has grasped the female’s neck and the gander’s bill still has some of her feathers in it.

Canada Goose ganderCanada Goose gander – Nikon D300, tripod mounted, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The female Canada Goose bathed in a deeper section of the pond while the male paddled over to the shore, splashed for a bit then stood up and flapped his wings near a Common Coot that was preening on the edge of the pond. Yes, it sure looks like spring has sprung in this section of Utah.

But winter isn’t quite over yet and like these Canada Geese winter often ignores the human calendar and there may still be more snow on the way before the warmth of spring settles into the valley.

Mia