It’s a peaceful morning in the Salmon Run area of Summersville Lake. The geese seem to paddle about in their tight knit group. It’s like watching a synchronized swimming exhibition. Everyone turns in time with the others. Everyone except for one that is. This goose is different. I first noticed this particular goose because of its eyes. My wife and I have come to call it “Ring-eye” because of the light ring on each eye.
As soon as I saw the ring I softly spoke to the goose. “You’re special aren’t you” I whispered. To my surprise the goose reacted to me by coming closer. The goose still kept a comfortable distance outside of my reach but broke away from the flock to stay close none the less. I didn’t feed the goose because the truth is that the DNR would rather not have them in the recreational areas. But I did continue to speak to it softly. A few days later I returned to the lake for another round of photos and as soon as I stepped out of the big blue truck Ring-eye made bee-line to the shore. This goose remembered me!
As soon as Ring-eye reached the shore he/she Stood in the shallow water and waited for the conversation. I obliged.
We spoke for a few while I finished my coffee before gathering my gear and seeking the next shot.
I have to admit that I’m kinda curious to see if my friend is still there and remembers me on my next trip.
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2 thoughts on “A Couple Of Mornings With Ring-eye”
Ring-eye is a nice goose. I’m slightly wary of geese. The ones on campus seem benign. The variety at a park we frequented in New Orleans would literally go on the attack–especially if we had no food for them! Nice shots too!
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Thank you ❤ I am always cautious about wild animals. Ring-eye never really got close enough to touch. The goose stays back about 20 feet. That might be different if I fed it.
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