I think this goose was actually watching me! It was a beautiful start to the day again down by the lake. An easier day beckoned after walking up and down Walla Crag the day before, so what better way to spend but down by the shimmering waters of Derwentwater.
The Greylag geese were certainly enjoying themselves and cooling down.
This was beautiful stretch of shoreline, looking down the length of the lake, the humpy Catbells to the side.
Along with the geese folk were out on the water, all having some fun in the morning sun.
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July 2018, Derwentwater, Keswick, Cumbria, England. © Pete Hillman.
The direct ancestor of the domestic goose, it is has a bright white rear, brownish-grey plumage, pink legs and feet, and a large pink or orange bill. It also has a black-speckled underside.The juvenile is similar to the adults, except it lacks the black-speckled underside.
It feeds on grass and cereal shoots, and roots. A ground nest is often constructed on an island. The female lays 4 to 6 eggs in 1 brood from May to June. Inhabits wetlands and marshes. They can live for up to 15 years.
Seen all year round on lake margins, damp grasslands, and farmland. The numbers have declined of this breeding bird, and they have moved north to breed wild in the Outer Hebrides and Northern mainland Scotland. However, some are beginning to re-colonise much of England in a variety of wetland areas, and are common and widespread.
Photographs of Greylag Goose (Anser anser), taken July 2010, local pond, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2010. Camera used Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.