I was walking the dog along Lake Shore Road today when I spotted some movement ahead. I see these geese all the time. They come up off the lake (to the left in the picture) into the garden of the house opposite where I imagine they make quite a mess. The owner has put a solar powered owl down by the lake, presumably to deter them, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference! I can’t say I’m surprised. I believe these owl statues are designed to discourage small birds. Owls eat small animals like mice and shrews. I can’t imagine that they are much of a threat to something as large as a goose. When someone approaches along the road the geese take off at high speed for the lake and safety. Then a while later they return. I find it interesting that they seem to prefer walking/running to the lake rather than flying, which they only do if you are so close that they have no alternative.

Taken with a Canon EOS 5D and EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM.

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