Mark Maxwell, a nature and wildlife photographer, went to Cook Pond at the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border Sunday morning looking for a bald eagle he had heard about.
Instead, he came across something he had never seen before: A goose with an arrow through it.
“I had to look like three times. I thought I was seeing things,” he said in a telephone interview Sunday night.
But it was not an illusion.
Maxwell snapped a photograph of the fowl — which was eating — at about 9:10 a.m. just across the Massachusetts border in Tiverton, R.I., he estimated. (Most of the pond is located in Fall River, but a sliver of it is located in Rhode Island.)
He said he called animal control officials, who told him the bird was first reported about 10 days earlier.
“It seemed like it wasn’t bothered by it,” he said. “It was going about its regular routine . . . it’s weird.”
Maxwell said officials told him they have been trying to find the goose since it was first reported.
“They wanted me to call them again in a few days if I see it again,” he said, adding that he takes pictures at the pond every now and then.
In his six or so years as a photographer, Maxwell said he usually captures sunrises, sunsets, landscapes, and wildlife.
“I never saw a goose with an arrow through it,” he said.
Cynthia Berard-Cadima, the supervisor of the Fall River animal control office, said she and the animal control officer in Tiverton, R.I., have been trying to catch the goose. But they haven’t had much success.
“It’s the weirdest thing. I feel so bad,” she said, in a telephone interview Monday morning. “So many people are worried about him.”
But as of Monday, they had not been able to apprehend the bird.
“He can fly just as good as his mate can,” she said. “He’s not giving up.”