Not Drowning but Mating*

Earlier this week I was out at our wildlife reserve pond when I caught a sequence of shots of this pair of Canada Geese in a courtship display followed by them mating just a little way off shore.  You might mistake this display and mating for a fight between two birds but in this case it’s quite the opposite.  It just doesn’t look that gentle. 

* With apologies to the original version of this phrase “Not Waving but Drowning”; the title of the poignent poem by Stevie Smith.