Mating Canada Geese, Central Park - February 4, 2012

As spring time approaches, the birds and the bees are gearing up for their next broods. 

A couple of weekends ago I saw these geese preening next to each other on the water by Central Park's Belvedere Castle. Little did I expect for them to start mating.

He grasped the back of her neck for leverage:

Good ripples:

Back to preening: