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Canada Goose Goslings: Contour Feathers Replacing Down

Canada goose gosling 207Within 24 hours of hatching, downy Canada Goose goslings leave their nest and are capable of walking, swimming, diving and feeding themselves. Like many species of waterfowl, their growth is rapid. Contour feathers on their wings and tail begin to emerge in about three weeks (note wing feathers of gosling in photo). Feathers on a gosling’s head, neck and back are the last to appear. Just before a gosling develops the ability to fly, the last fluff of down, which is on top of its head, disappears.

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6 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    What an exquisite portrait.

    July 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

  2. Outstanding image, Mary!

    July 9, 2015 at 9:19 pm

  3. What an absolutely amazing picture!!!!

    July 10, 2015 at 5:36 am

    • Thank you, Beth. Luck and camera equipment!

      July 10, 2015 at 8:51 am

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