Today I took a walk to the Reddish Vale Country Park to feed the birds and try out a cheap and cheerful 50mm lens on my camera. All that is needed to attract willing photographic subjects - birds, is a goody bag containing food, especially seeds. As soon as they detect food they all come rushing towards you in the hope of being first to the feast.
I had just finished feeding/photographing an assortment of birds when I saw a woman approaching pushing a trolley containing a toddler and an older child who was probably about nine or ten. Attached to the trolley was a young dog of good pedigree, a golden retriever I believe.
At the Reddish Vale centre the birds are used to people with dogs and unfortunately they have lost their fear of such animals, but luckily most dog owners are responsible and they keep their dogs under control when walking near the birds, however this woman had no such consideration because as she walked near the birds who were still looking around for seeds on the ground, the dog tied to the trolley lurched towards the birds but thankfully missed as its jaws snapped shut.
I thought no more of it until I saw her heading back and I assumed after the previous near miss she would untether the dog and hold it on a short lead to prevent a repetition, but no, now for act two. As she walked past a group of Canada Geese and ducks her dog again launched itself in the direction of the birds but this time made contact. It bit the wing of a Canada Goose but thankfully the bird freed itself before any major harm could be inflicted, but if you click the photo above to enlarge you will see that the wing is partially stripped of feathers and it is impossible to tell if the internal structure is damaged.
She knew I witnessed the whole incident from less than ten feet away but she didn't seem in the least bit bothered, but the look of the young boy with her said it all, despite his young age you could tell he was totally embarrassed by her actions and I do not doubt that this young boy will grow up with far more sense than his inconsiderate mother.