Friday, July 13, 2012

FLYday- Canada Geese

FLYday - Canada Geese

FLYday - A Foursome of Canada Geese. These geese flew so low that I could hear their feathers whistling.

"Force-'em" is what they do to geese (and ducks) to make  foie gras. Foie gras is made from hypertrophied goose liver. Domestic geese are force-fed by gavage. Their necks are hyper-extended upward. Then, a funnel is shoved down their throats and hideous amounts of food pushed into their bellies. The quantity of food is far more than would be consumed by geese in the wild or in captivity. The diet of corn boiled in oil causes subsequent fattening of the liver and a buttery taste favored by gastronomes. In about fourteen days, the liver grows so large that the goose often can not walk. They are never allowed to fly.

FLYday is an homage to what our feathered friends do best, fly.


  1. A good FLYday image, a view you don't normally see recorded.

  2. I love this photo...!
    clay ball

  3. Beautiful work, Robin. Maybe you would like to see the Second Gallery Challenge: Εye your Sky, that is here in OS, and gives us all a change to see your sky. Check it out, if you are interested.

  4. Gads. Pause.
    I Love Nature's Normal Grazed Canadian Geese.
    I had a dream a humming bug hummed in my ear.
    In Canada . . .
    I really did Experience a Humming Birds Land.
    I witnessed two speckled baby fawns with Mom.
    A Chicken Hawk Buzzard Landed next to Them.

    (if I am lucky the photo may show Great Nature)

    I took a few photos with a Broken Digit Camera.
    I sat in my P.U. Truck pre-visiting `Open Salon.
    The back of the digital camera has a broken lens.

    No eat flies,
    deer, beer cans,
    nor nap in hay.
    Bird do drop.
    Dung drop.
    Heehaw, ay.
    Art James
    July 13, 2012 02:17 PM

  5. I see geese all the time above my head. I love their "honking!." What lens did you use?
    I Love Life
    July 13, 2012 04:48 PM

  6. I had heard snippets about how geese are "noodled" to fatten their livers, Robin, but this grim description sickens me, saddens me, makes me mad. What an awful thing to do to any living creature. The geese in your photo are beautiful. Would that they all could be this free.
    Matt Paust
    July 13, 2012 05:46 PM

  7. That's a really cool shot!Have a great weekend!


  8. God, that's sickening!! Great post. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  9. thank you all for your rates and comments. Just seeing this now......I Weeded For Dollars for 7 hours in the sun at 90 degrees, so I'm quite literally fried! Clayball, STAHI STAHI, Art, I Love Life and Matt, thank you for your high regard. STAHI I will check out that gallery challenge and thanks for the lead. Art, it's "Canada," not "Canadian" geese. If they were Canadian they would have to carry passports. Since they don't have pockets, they can't, thus 'Canada.' I Love Life, I shot that with a Canon 100-400mm telephoto IS lens. That is my walk around lens that I use for most all wildlife shots. Matt, I don't eat foie gras for that reason. There are those who market a 'humane' foie gras which is apparently raised differently, like 'humane' veal (which I don't eat either). But, I'm 'not buying' it no matter what they claim. There's plenty to eat without encouraging that in the meat trade.

  10. Mike, Naturestop and Gary (and Boom, of course), thanks for your reads and compliments. I've had quite a lot of response to this post. I'm pleased that that is so,too. People should boycott foie gras if you ask me.

  11. Thinking about the forced,brutal feeding causes me to feel aggravated and I consider this to be an act of animal abuse and torture which should be stopped immediately.
    This is exploitation,and I can't comprehend how anyone would
    play along with it.
    Heidi Banerjee
    July 14, 2012 11:26 AM

  12. When buying ducks deep frozen there is an indication like "Mastgans"("fattened;crammed" )on the package.I know these geese come from Poland,but France is also provider,as far as I know.
    For a very long time I did not know that this was common practice.(and what it meant behind the letters)

    Robin:Rated for your free Canadian geese.
    Heidi Banerjee
    July 14, 2012 11:46 AMSorry ,I meant geese,not ducks.
    Heidi Banerjee
    July 14, 2012 11:49 AM

  13. Sorry ,I meant geese,not ducks.
    Heidi Banerjee
    July 14, 2012 11:49 AM

  14. Thanks for correcting me in a civil manner.
    I understand now. If geese is a Nerd he got:
    pockets full of lobsters, Lunenburg Wine,
    yellow carrots, seaweed, halibut, Rhubarb-
    Wine (dry) and hangs with Australian Hop-
    Hop Kangaroo. They stuff Front Belly Pocket?
    Geese lay double-yoke eggs. Scrabble? Scramble.
    If Hump-de-Dump Splat in a Big Fall? Scramble?
    I Will Never Again Enjoy a Egg-Omelette. Dang.
    I'll just QUIT Egg-Omelettes With Green Kale.
    Art James
    July 14, 2012 12:03 PM

  15. Asimple, thank you for missing me! This time of year, it's a wonder that I ever post. So, it was lovely that you had missed me. Between house guests, our annual family reunion, Weeding For Dollars and weeding my own place, it's a wonder that I can cycle enough laundry through to have clean panties! Oh, was that too much..........? NE'VAH! (as we say in Maine.)
    Robin Robinson
    July 14, 2012 01:53 PM

  16. Heidi, thank you so very much for your thoughtful comment/s. I understood you meant geese. But either way, the inhumane treatment of animals (OR veg!) for our pleasure consumption is the worst kind of 'humanity.' I am a nearly compulsive label reader for things like sodium, fat, carbs. and so on. But, treatment of the critter on a label had not occurred to me. So thanks for that. One more data pile to plow through at the market.....and one more reason to go with whole, raw, local foods.

  17. And Art, as always, you are a 'quack up!' thank you

  18. Robin,the "Canadian" geese was my mistake.Of course I know the difference,but sometimes,when writing here on OS,mistakes happen.
    The labeling of products is a European norm,but I am sure you will have the "Polnische Mastgans" in your freezer compartment starting in the fall for your Thanksgiving celebration until after christmas.Mind you,the French do it, too.
    Heidi Banerjee
    July 14, 2012 03:09 PM

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  20. I love geese. I might be in the minority there, especially when it comes to our friend, the ubiquitous Canada goose. I know they're nasty, and they chase small children, and crap on golf courses etc., etc., but they are pretty, and I also love their honking. Your picture was beautiful, and your post made me sad. How cruel. Thank goodness most haughty French cuisine has never made sense to me. I will never, ever let froie gras (sp?) pass my lips. My mind really wants me to be a vegan, but my body keeps accidentally eating hamburgers. One step at a time. For now, I stay pro-goose!! :-)

  21. I too love geese and share your appreciation for the heavenly sound of their wing feathers' movement.

    I have had the good fortune and determination to observe a mated pair and their only child Gosling born 5/19/2012. The Gosling, now 8.5 weeks old, is just days from flight. It is very exciting! Here is a photo of the only-child-Gosling at age 5 days. : Thanks for your posts!

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