wings and things

Gender games

on August 10, 2012

The only one of our geese whose gender I know for sure is Godfrey, which makes him a gander of course.  As for Pearl, Ola, Woodroffe, Seli and Diamond, I have no idea, except that Ola and Pearl seem smaller, friendlier and more polite than the others so I am assuming they are girls. This is Pearl who may or may not be wondering what s/he is too!

Lately there has been a great deal of flirtatious behaviour happening between the gang, which I have prudishly been turning a blind eye too. But today, with Anthony’s help (he is being taxied out for the day, and is much less prudish), I have decided to watch this flirtatious behaviour so I will know which of the gang members are female. That way I will be able to keep an eye on any possible eggs etc.

Watching gender games between geese is not for the faint-hearted.

31 responses to “Gender games

  1. not something I have been privy to

  2. terry1954 says:

    they actually tackle each other don’t they, claiming rights??

  3. Robyn Lee says:

    Yes – would be fun to know the genders too…so you can see who flirts with who!! 🙂 xo

  4. bulldogsturf says:

    I was of the impression that the gander had a bump on his head and the females not… am I wrong..? Never had geese to study but that’s what I was told… please keep a good watch and let me know…

    • jmgoyder says:

      I think that is only with certain breeds – Godfrey is a Chinese gander – the others are Sebastopols and Pilgrims – perhaps I should do some research rather than watch – ha!

      • bulldogsturf says:

        Now you’ve really confused me, there are different types as well..? I thought a goose was a goose or maybe a gander, and now I find out they have different specie as well… good luck, research and observation they only way to knowledge… take photos for the research, damn this is getting exciting…

      • jmgoyder says:

        Now that Anthony is home for the day none of them are ‘doing it’!!!

      • bulldogsturf says:

        That Irishman Murphy and his law… damn him…

  5. Oh my, the next set of photos could be interesting!

  6. Rhonda says:

    bird porn again jules? hmmm, beginning to wonder about you. 😆

  7. Judith Post says:

    I think gender games, in general, are always more serious than they might appear…even for humans.

  8. I’m not going to ask why you are so certain of Godfrey’s gender.

    • jmgoyder says:

      You would not want to know. I was thinking I had a new follower, then realized it was you! I have been trying to get a better look at your photo but it won’t enlarge!

  9. niasunset says:

    I love your bird photographs, this is amazing again 🙂 Thanks and Love, nia

  10. bluebee says:

    That means Spring is on its way – yaay!

  11. Geese Courtship Chronicles!
    I’m jealous of all the fun you’re gonna have playing cctv to them 😀

  12. viveka says:

    That photo is so great – this with gender on animals can create problems – happens all the time .. that she are he and the other way around. No wonder the animals can be confused at times.

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