Goose – a Special Word, a Special Bird.
Ever since I came across a friend’s pet goose, (well, a gander, really), years and years ago, showing off his splendid wings and hissing at me like a cobra, I fell in love with geese.
The term ‘goose’ is female. ‘Gander’ is the term for a male.
They’re bad-tempered and belligerent hissy-fits! They make a better guard goose than any dog in creation!
When a goose (or gander) befriends you, it’ll be your best pal ever. And they are very vocal birds.
A vista of wild geese flying in fabulous formation is really a sight for sore eyes.
The goose family also includes swans and ducks, but the family of the true goose is ‘Anserini’.
There are grey geese that include domestic geese and swan geese. There are white geese or ‘Chen’. There are ‘Branta’ – black geese, including the Canada goose.
Geese mate for life. They are only territorial in the nesting season, although popular belief says otherwise.
Humans have coined phrases about the goose through the ages: phrase like ‘gooseberry’, ‘goosebumps’, ‘goosed’, ‘goose-step’, ‘goose-flesh’.
Then, of course, pantomime has provided us with ‘Mother Goose’ and the nursery rhyme with ‘Goosey Goosey Gander’.
And what about the old saying ‘Sauce for the Goose’? The Free Dictionary says the definition is:
“If a particular type of behaviour is acceptable for one person, it should also be acceptable for another person”
I’ve come across the enigmatic goose in many locations. And there have been stunning photographs taken.
Let me show you my ‘gorgeous goose’ photograph collection, taken in places near and far: by me, by my friend and by my partner - (thanks Dawn, thanks Dave).
THE ‘GORGEOUS GOOSE’ COLLECTION
If you want some great ‘Goosey’ footage, You Tube have lots!
‘Mother Goose Tends her 15 Eggs’ at:
‘Geese Aggression’ at:
‘Goose Whisperer’ at:
‘Goose attacks Grandma’ at:
and ‘Crazy Ass Goose’ at:
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