`The Wonderers` And Their Goslings in Wolverhill, Banwell, Somerset 

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  Canada Geese are waterfowl and they are famous for their life-long mating, though a widowed goose will usually   seek out a new mate.

The newly hatched geese take on the appearance much like ducklings with yellow and grey feathers and a dark bill.  These images depict a rather awkward-looking fuzzy bundle, so adorable, out of proportion and attached to a cumbersome gait, that their charm is enriched and endorsed through a camera lens.

Canada Geese are large birds, 20 to 50 inches long with a wingspan of 50-68 inches.

They are most easily identified by their long black neck, with a black head, crown and bill.  They have a contrasting white cheek and throat area.  Their undertail coverts are white.  Their back, upper wings and flank are dark brown with a lighter brown (sometimes, nearly white) breast and belly.  They have a short black tail and black legs with black webbed feet.

Canada Geese feed on aquatic vegetation, grass, roots and young sprouts.  They also feed on grain and corn from agricultural areas.

The newly hatched babies (called 'goslings') are able to swim immediately.  The male and female goose both accompany the babies during their swims.

Goslings can dive and swim for 30-40 feet underwater and they eat almost continuously to attain growth for the first migration flight.

After the goslings have hatched, the family moves away from the nesting site on foot toward more favorable feeding areas.  Five weeks after the goslings hatch, the females begin moulting (the males begin right after mating).  During this time, the adults are unable to fly.  The adults regrow their flight feathers and are ready to fly at about the same time as the goslings are able to learn - at nine weeks old.

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