Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bristol Goose Invasion


There is an old industrial area in Bristol with a pond and a grassy area between an old building and the rail station. The pond and grassy area is home to an army of geese and some turtles. There were also some furry little critters that swam around and seemed to be building burrows. What surprised me was the loud hiss the goose made when the furry creature(anyone know what they are?) got close.
The goose sounded just like a cat and the bottom picture is the actual moment that it happened. Enlarge the photos to see if you can tell what the furry critters are.
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15 comments:

Martha in PA said...

I'm thinking that furry critter might be a muskrat! Guess are noisy and can be very mean. I grew up next to a farm, specifically the farms pond was next to our back yard, and we had gaggles of Canadian geese and muskrats!

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Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear James!
Fantastic pictures!I think it is a otter!
Great post and very interesting! :-)
Anyway they are cute friends!
Léia

Snap said...

Not sure about the furry critter (muskrat, beaver, otter). Great post. Canada geese are fun to watch.

m_m said...

Very cute, but what I have to say it's they are HUGE!
It seems to be that the 'grassy area' is perfect for them:)
Regards,
m_m

Pam said...

You were in the right place at the right time for this confrontation, James. Canadian geese can be very protective, I wouldn't want to be that critter... Fantastic capture, thanks for sharing.

i beati said...

fun to see those critters together

storyteller said...

These are MARVELOUS photographs ... definitely worth embiggening to see the detail. Love the feathers on the grass and all the shadowy reflections in addition to the 'critters' ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

James said...

Thanks Martha, I just googled muskrat and that's one for sure.

Thanks to all for coming to my blog and commenting.

Jacob said...

It's not a beaver and not an otter...I'd vote for Muskrat. Nice pics of beautiful birds, too. But the darn things are so terribly messy...crap all over the place if you should pardon the expression!

Susan said...

Wonderful photos.

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are wonderful! How cool that you were able to capture the interaction between them. I've only seen a muskrat in a photo and that's what I thought it was. I'm glad you already confirmed it.

As for what lens I use, I don't. I have a Fujifilm S8000fd and I can't switch lenses. It does have a built-in 18x zoom lens and a macro and super-macro feature.

Joy said...

Fantastic photos!

Martha said...

Great shots James! :-)

Sally in WA said...

Great pictures, James! I like the last one where the goose is fussing at the furry one.

Karen said...

It's a muskrat !! :-)

That last photo is really cool ... I wonder if the geese had a nest in the area..