This morning, whilst walking past the golf course, I noticed a noisy pair of Egyptian Geese in a pine tree at the side of the road. As I approached one of them flew down into my path and adopted a very threatening pose with its wings flared. It squawked and hissed loudly and came to within two metres of me. I carried on, hoping it would keep its distance and, as I passed the tree, its partner flew out of the branches accompanied by a number of young goslings, which literally tumbled to the ground. They scooted of in the direction of the fairway and I departed unharmed, but certainly full of new respect for the protective attitude adopted by this large bird.