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I previously published an article about seeing a family of geese in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, on May 12, 2021. Just less than a month later, on June 12, I saw what may have been the same family of geese in nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Photo of a parent goose with six baby geese in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Photo taken with the Open Camera App on my Moto e6 phone. Edited for publication by Victor V. Gurbo.

While I do not know for sure if this goose family was the same one I encountered in Vinegar Hill, I think that it is possible given the relative size of the baby geese in both pictures and the fact that there are not many families of geese in the general Brooklyn Bridge Park-DUMBO-Vinegar Hill area.

Astute readers may have noted that I described this as a family of geese. To be sure, the picture at the top of the article shows one parent goose and six baby geese. Where is the second parent?

I was not the only person photographing the geese. In the interest of keeping my photos avian-centric, I made an effort to not catch people in the frame. It is for that reason that the second parent goose is not in the first photo.

The parent goose in the first photo was keeping an eye on several people who were watching the baby geese to my left. I was positioned more toward the right. The second parent goose was keeping an eye on … me.

He or she was watching me very intently.

Black and white photo of a parent goose on alert in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Credit to Victor V. Gurbo for the retouching.

(Credit my New Leaf Journal colleague, Victor V. Gurbo, for making this scene look very ominous with his photo re-touching.)

Photo of a parent goose on alert in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The color version of my photo is less ominous.

Fortunately, I can happily report that no New Leaf Journal editors were harmed in the production of these heartwarming goose family photos.