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Unusual Goose Doubled

My attempt at featuring what is now quite a hefty backlog of duck photos is on hold again. You may recall that a week ago I posted about an unusual goose at Falmer Pond, and speculated on whether it was a hybrid of a Canada and Greylag goose. I’m no closer to answering that question, but now have a pair them to wonder about.

Pair of unknown geese at Falmer

The two geese were gliding across the pond when I arrived, early morning.

Geese (unknown)

Yellow legs and a broad white face patch are the main distinguishing marks. Canada geese have black legs.

Geese swimming

They are very much a pair.

Goose hissing

They also hiss a lot!

Geese hissing

Geese kissing

Or is it ‘kiss a lot’?

Goose close-up hissing

That’s one heck of a tongue!

If you do know what species of goose these are please let me know, here or via the Permuted Twitter feed.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Unusual Goose at Falmer

Lots of greylags at Falmer Pond today, but one definite oddity among them. It looks somewhat like a Canada goose (the white neck patch), but the bill and legs are the wrong colour. It also looks a little like a Ben goose, but they don’t have the white patch (but the legs/bill are approximately correct). Possibly a hybrid, but certainly wild. It had gone by lunchtime, so may have just joined up briefly with the greylag flock.

Anyway, here’s a couple of photos of it, and if anyone can identify it properly I’d be very grateful!

Wild Fowl

Unknown goose (hybrid?)

Is this a Canada Goose/Greylag cross or something else?

I did get some good shots of the greylags and of some of the ducks. I’ll post those over the weekend. That’s all for tonight.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Farewell White Goose

Sad to report that one of the longest-standing members of the Falmer Pond community of wildlife is no more. The old White Goose, who has kept a watchful eye over many broods of greylag goslings, met his end last night. All that remained this morning was a pile of feathers scattered in an adjacent field. A fox possibly. He’ll be missed, and to mark the moment two photos of him from earlier in the year.

white goose

white goose

Camera note: first photo taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens; the second was with the EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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