It was quite a sight to see, the geese and ducks alike were frolicking, splashing, and even flipping themselves upside down in the water. It seemed as if the fun was contagious, spreading from a small group of geese to the entire gaggle! While it looked like the flock was simply enjoying themselves, their rambunctious play served in important purpose; to keep their flight feathers clean and prepared for flight. Just as a plane must be maintained for flight, the goose must keep his feathers dirt free and oiled. Geese use their bills and head to get oil from the oil gland that is located at the base of the tail to oil their feathers. This oil maintains the flexibility and waterproofing of the feathers. Here is another fun fact about these birds: Canada geese have photoreceptive cones in the retina at the back of the eye, which are about 12 times greater than humans. They see color and natural landmarks with greater clarity than humans!
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