OK, so we have these domestic breed geese at my lake as I have written about before. Four are pretty much OK and stay out of people's way, but two sets tend to be aggressive. One set, in particular, is hanging out right where the killdeer and other shorebirds that I usually observe hang out. Also, they like to sit close to the walking paths and fishing areas that go along the lakeshore. So far, I haven't had any real problem with those two, until today, except the usual threats. Today, I was walking along the path to where the killdeer were and those two were right up on the path. I wanted to walk right past them, but one was threatening to bite. Usually, what I do is stand still and he will eventually move off and I can continue on my way or down to where the killdeer are etc. Well, today, he decided to bite. At first, he started gently and I would push his head back, but he continued to do it. Finally, he gave me a hard bite and I shoved him away. He left me alone after that and he and his friend comforted each other and calmed down before leaving. I hate putting my hands on them because: 1. they're not my geese (they're feral) and 2. I don't want someone to say I am abusing them 3. If something were to happen to them, I don't want to have people suspect me of doing whatever it is that happened to them. 4. I love birds and animals and don't ever want to be seen as an animal abuser So, what's the best way to handle them and still get to see my killdeer and shorebirds? I sure hope they're not trampling their nests. P.S. I also know it's breeding season and these are both ganders, but they've been like this for 7 months now. They've also been hanging out in totally inappropriate areas (like the little league fields on game/maintenance days) and I've heard of kids throwing rocks and abusing them. It's also unlikely that they will ever be removed from the area and if they were, more would be dumped there. Yes, I know I can just avoid them and come back when they leave, but I don't feel I should have to. I've been observing killdeer at that spot for a long time with no problem until recently (when they told the guy who used to feed the geese in another area of the lake to stop doing so).