Hercules and Hebe
Sometime during the early months of spring 2010, when I first began photographing the Perryville geese, I did so because of Hercules and Hebe. They were a goose and gander that had set up their nest at the front entrance to my office building not even a foot from the walk way into the building. I was so taken by the persistance and dedication of these two geese that I named them Hercules and Hebe and kept a watchful eye on them for nearly a month as they prepared for the arrival of their hatchlings. Hercules stood guard over Hebe and her unborn clutch and often times was seen chasing off visitors. Finally, the maintenance crew put up yellow tape to keep visitors away from the nesting area, and when that didn't deter them from getting too close, Hercules would charge. Hebe, was amazing as she sat on her nest during the harshest of cold rains, day in and day out. The rare occasions when she would leave the nest to find nourishment, Hercules would stand guard like a Roman Sentry. After around 35 days, when no eggs hatched, Hercules and Hebe abandoned the nest. Late in the season, however, there was a clutch of chicks following what I like to think was Hercules and Hebe. The following photos are of the Hercules and Hebe. I thought these photos were lost, but I found them on my memory card after searching through hundreds of already downloaded ones. The last photo was taken of what I think was the newest members of the Perryville geese and their parents, Hercules and Hebe. It was taken early in November as flocks of Canada geese had already stopped in to rest during the winter migration down the Atlantic Flyway.