Friday, March 13, 2009

Frigid morning's Avian love on Wingra Creek

Avian Love on Wingra Creek
Two Canada Geese, framed by morning mist rising from an icy Wingra Creek near the entrance to the Arboretum (note the hanging ice that seems to attach the lower branches to the creek).

This pair of geese was taking part in what seemed to be some sort of mating ritual. Facing each other, they took turns dunking their heads under water, as if feeding -- first one, then the other, over and over. About every third repetition of the sequence, they would come together and touch beaks. Were they feeding each other? Or was it a kiss?

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