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Old Apr 22, 2007, 8:39 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I thought this was funny. A local hospital planted a couple of swan decoys to prevent the Canada Geese from totally taking over their decorative retention pond as they have done in the past. Here's an indication how this tactic works. . .



At least the goose mom seems to believe it, and is counting on the "swan" to protect her eggs. . .:-)

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Old Apr 22, 2007, 9:08 PM   #2
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LOL! I saw something similar in Pismo Beach. Someone had put a statue of an owl on top of a roof, I'm sure to try to control the doves and sea gulls. The shot I have is of the statue surrounded by other birds.
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 12:52 PM   #3
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They are not quite so "bird-brained" as people think.

It may work initially, but if the fake doesn't move, it becomes part of the background.


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Good shot BTW
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 1:24 PM   #4
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A textbook shot that well illustrates a couple of points:

1. People never learn.

2. Birds do.

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The whole idea doesn't make any sense anyway, here are wild swans and geese swimming together just fine.



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Old Apr 23, 2007, 8:47 PM   #6
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who the hell gave those geese necklaces?
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The state traps them in the summer when they can't fly and tags them to be able to identify them so they can keep track of where they fly to and how they are doing.

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Old Apr 24, 2007, 1:49 PM   #8
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The whole idea doesn't make any sense anyway, here are wild swans and geese swimming together just fine.
When Swans are nesting, they are extremely territorial, and very aggressive in defence - very tough customers which tolerate no intrusions. Out ot the breeding season theycan bequite sociable.

When exposed to stimuli that are not reinforced (as with the swan decoys thatfail tochase the geese) birds quickly become accustomed to the sight and cease reacting to the nonexistent threat. If they lose their fear, they will be in for a rude surprise on the next encounter with a live one.
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