Conflict between pairs of Canada Goose on adjacent territories is quite a common occurrence during breeding season, so seeing one Goose chase or attack another is not uncommon at all. But this morning at Otter View Park in Middlebury I witnessed a very uncommon response to such an attack. When approached by an angry neighbor, instead of turning to confront it or flying away, I saw a Goose dive underwater to avoid an attack. As you can see in the video, it performed this maneuver repeatedly, sometimes staying down as long as ten seconds while swimming underwater to get away from its assailant. Though this tactic seemed to allow it to escape unscathed until its attacker gave up, the victim spent quite a while on shore afterwords preening and drying out its waterlogged feathers.

– Ron Payne

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