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Lots of females sitting on nests now. Their dedication is amazing. And the devotion of the males is pretty impressive too. Always coming to the rescue of their mates as I stand there with my tripod. Thank goodness, it makes me look like a larger and tougher foe! Or do they understand that I’ve come in peace?

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I had completely forgotten about this altered animation image from my scratch animation Negative Man, made in honor of – see the face – German experimental film historian Annette Brauerhoch!

Negative Mannette

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If you look closely, you’ll see 3 goose eggs and what I think is one small duck egg (on the left):

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Here’s the female checking her eggs:

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And here’s one angry father-to-be:

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This image shows a male goose flying in to defend his mate, who he thought was being threatened by other geese, who were just a bit too close…

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This couple is honking at geese far below them, hoping to stop the pair from climbing up their bank.

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And finally, a mother goose nips at some dandelions I tossed out for her. Dandelions are a favorite goose food, but this devoted mother would only eat what she could reach without getting up and exposing her eggs.

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The top photo shows the female checking her eggs as she softly sits over them…

DSC_0164 Mama goose worried about eggs small

The photo below shows the male, who was quite upset after his mate called for help.. He’s checking the eggs – it looked like he literally counted them!

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