Golf Course Visitors!

After damaging the tendons on my right knee a few months ago I was unable to walk properly without a lot of pain. This curtailed my activities and I was not able to do all the things I had planned.

Now that my knee is much better I can walk without too much pain, although cycling is still a bit of a problem.

One of the first activities I started again was to get in a few rounds of golf. During this time last year one of the fairways often had geese from the local pond pecking away at the grass looking for food. This year was no different.

I managed to capture a picture of the birds.

Birds on 4th Fairway Strathclyde Park Golf Course

The birds seem fairly comfortable with the golfers walking around them and oblivious to the golf balls which come flying towards them from the tee. Unfortunately, they  do leave little calling cards on the fairway which does create a mess.

Immaculate Fairways

The course is always in immaculate condition and the green-keepers are always about cutting the grass on the fairways , watering the greens and making the golf course a pleasant place for golfing. On one occasion one of the green-keepers was out on the green cutting the grass with a pair of scissors! 

Close-up of the fairway
The photograph above shows how short the fairway grass has been cut and how the grass has not been allowed to dry out. 

All we need now is for the rough grass at the sides of the fairway to be cut so that it makes it easier to locate lost golf balls!

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Strathclyde Park Golf Club

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Canada Geese Growning Up

The Canada geese are still running onto the fairway at the golf course to search for food in the ground. Here are some photographs which I took on Sunday. The baby birds are growing up fast. 

Canada Geese on golf fairway

Goose #1 “Do you think it’s a bit dangerous on this fairway with all these golf balls flying about?”

Goose #2 “We should be alright for now. Jane is about to tee off and she will hit the ball into the rough!”

Making their way to the fourth tee!

The birds are growing up fast and will be stronger and bigger when winter is here.

Baby Geese

This morning when I was out playing a round of golf with the ‘girls’, we spotted a family of Canada geese on one of the fairways.Fortunately, they were quite near the tee, so were not in too much danger of being hit by a ball.

After my golf round, I went home and came back with my scope and camera to take some photographs of this lovely family. The  weather forecast had been for rain, but it turned out to be a lovely sunny day.   

Here are some photographs of the birds.  

Canada Geese on the fairway looking towards the tee
Under the watchful eye of mum
Dad looking out for any danger
Dad having a snack

 After being on the fairway, the family made their way to the pond for a relaxing swim, but stopped off in the undergrowth for another snack. This gave me a chance to get some good close-up images of the young ones.

Baby Canada Goose
Another baby
Another baby
Swimming in the pond
Safely between mum and dad for safety

Looking over the pond, I also saw some Greylag Geese with their young. They were a bit far away, but the photograph came out okay.

Greylag Geese

A Moorhen was in the distance with her young but was too far away to photograph well.

All the photographs were taken by digiscope and they turned out well. What a great way to spend an afternoon!