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Derby and Joan

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There they came again, the pair of Egyptian geese, as they did every morning and late afternoon since I had moved into my new home, strolling up the roadside, across the road and over to my garden, the veritable picture of a Derby and Joan.  He would walk a little behind and off to the side, with his neck stretched, keeping a watchful eye for anything out of the ordinary.  She was always on the lookout for titbits which she snatched with hardly a pause.

One day last week they had me in stitches.  They had been around for about half an hour when suddenly he (Derby) took off, soaring through the tree branches and disappearing into the distance.  Joan cackled softly to herself, turning her head this way and that for a few minutes before continuing to busy herself pecking on the ground.  After about fifteen minutes I turned away to go inside when I heard him land and, my goodness, did she let him have it!  She went on and on cackle-honk, cackle-honk, cackle-honk, not too loud but quite loud enough so he could not fail to know how upset she was.  Off they went down the path and out of sight with Joan complaining all the while.

The thing is… I haven’t seen Derby since.  Joan still visits every day – alone.  Has he found another mate?  Was her nagging just too much for him?  I would love to know.

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PS – Jake is still around  and is looking well.

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http://www.helium.com/items/1007651-wild-bird-species-the-egyptian-goose

©DGA 04 November 2011 07:09

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Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people!

31 thoughts on “Derby and Joan

  1. Poor man has probably gone to the pub …

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  2. Maybe Joan nagged Derby into leaving because she wants a new partner. Ya never know.

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  3. I had Fatima and Abdul around for ages. I think they had their babies down at the spruit over the wall, then they loved my roof in out-of-baby-season

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    • I have just heard that Derby has been around (it’s just that I haven’t seen him). Alone. After Joan has left. I think that they are probably taking turns sitting on eggs. Time will tell… Hope they bring the goslings around after they’ve hatched. Btw, according to the link on my post they can be quite nasty when they have babies.

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  4. I expect that he got Goose Bumps and went off to see the Quack!

    Thank you so much for doing me that kindness..I think I am back to normal now

    love P

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  5. ha nice exploration into their relationship…i dunno…the nagging may be a bit much for me…smiles.

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    • I think they are hatching eggs most likely. Hope I see the chicks! And according to the link they mate for life so he will just have to grin and bear the nagging, lol!

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  6. Don’t they mate for life? Maybe he’s away on business…’It could happen.’ Or,maybe a Bachelor party in Johannesburg with a flock of his mates.
    They say (and so I’ve heard) that the “Drake Club” there, is perfect for such “get togethers” lol

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    • Yes, they do mate for life, Jack. I wondered if, perhaps, the goose was a gander, but no definitely not. Bachelor party could be on the cards… I have just had both of them here again so they aren’t sitting on eggs – yet.

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  7. Well I think you have the answer. Egging time. For a while I forgot you were in springtime, Denise.

    By the way, I award the best reply award to Patrecia, who thought he had got goose bumps and went to see the Quack. That made me lol

    John

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  8. He’s no doubt gone fishing. 😀

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  9. Poor Derby. Or is it poor Joan? – They probably both think they’re in the right. 😉

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  10. The more you intently you watch animals,the more you are amazed of their human like behaviors (which you never thought they could possess).

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  11. Classic! It does seem she nagged him into the arms … wings … of a mistress!

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    • Which begs the question, Col., if they mate for life and are unhappy, one with the other, what do they do? Fight for life too? Perhaps humans can learn a lesson from them…

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  12. Denise, your mind works like mine. I hope the poor fellow is well and not nagged to death.

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    • Hi Andra, nice to have a like-minded person on the team. Joan is either anxious or possessive. When they left, Derby disappeared from her view into a small hollow, whereupon Joan, calling out, rushed after him and only slowed down when he was in her line of sight once more. And I’m talking about only a few feet!

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  13. I do believe they mate for life, so whatever their problem was, it looks like they have made up, and are friends again! Perhaps she wants to start a family and he doesn’t!
    I love watching nature, we can learn so much from them.

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    • Yes we can, Barb. It should be interesting to see how this plays out. Probably this will be their first breeding season and after hatching and raising the first chicks, they will settle down.

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  14. I love this very funny observation, Adeeyoyo 😀

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