HAIL HERO: A mother-to-be goose outside Levi Ravenswood's home at Conondale never left her post during Thursday afternoon's storm but sadly, she still lost her babies.
HAIL HERO: A mother-to-be goose outside Levi Ravenswood's home at Conondale never left her post during Thursday afternoon's storm but sadly, she still lost her babies. Levi Ravenswood

Why this bird deserves Mother of the Year

THE tale of this Mother Goose is one of heroism, nature, and an almost-but-not-quite happy ending.

While hail rained down on Conondale during Thursday afternoon's storm, leaving a blanket of white on the ground, this mother-to-be never left her nest.

The storm smashed windscreens and shredded vegetation but when it passed, not one of the five eggs under the goose was cracked.

Levi Ravenswood, who has been keeping an eye on the semi-wild goose since she began nesting outside his place a week ago, said he was amazed when he checked on her after the storm.

"I thought it was a pretty heroic effort. It was pretty wild out there. She's crazy,” he said.

Mr Ravenswood said the goose was still on duty when he went outside later to offer her food.

"She had her wings out guarding them and she was pretty wet. I didn't want to disturb her too much because she's putting a lot of energy into those eggs,” he said.

Hail carpeted the ground like snow at Kennedy Road, Conondale, after Thursday afternoon's storm.
Hail carpeted the ground like snow at Kennedy Road, Conondale, after Thursday afternoon's storm. Levi Ravenswood

He said the goose, which belonged to a neighbouring farm, was being supported by her partner, who came back and forth to help guard her and the eggs.

He said he had noticed the pair outside his place about a week ago and was surprised to discover a nest about five or 10m from his house.

The pair had done a good job so far of keeping the eggs safe, he said.

"There was a python near there the other day but she's okay and all the eggs were in tact,” he said.

Not one egg was cracked after Thursday's afternoon's storm.
Not one egg was cracked after Thursday's afternoon's storm. Levi Ravenswood

But by this afternoon, at least one of the eggs was cracked and the goose had given up on the nest.
But by this afternoon, at least one of the eggs was cracked and the goose had given up on the nest. Levi Ravenswood

But despite the brave efforts of the mother-to-be goose, it seems there will be no goslings.

When Mr Ravenswood returned home from his volunteer position at the Maleny Community Centre this afternoon, at least one of the eggs was cracked and the parents wandering around, hanging their heads "in mourning”.

He suggested the "heatwave” after the hail might have have proven too much.

Temperatures hit just above 31 degrees on the Sunshine Coast yesterday although were slightly cooler at beach locations and not as hot as other parts of Queensland.

Although temperatures of more than 40 degrees are expected over inland regions of the state over the next few days, maximums of Sunshine Coast maximums are expected to reach between 29 and 34 degrees at Sunshine Coast locations.


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