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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  1. Robin March 12, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Words, interesting goose! I think, like you say, a cross between a Canada and a Greylag. You can really see the Graylag around it’s bill in the second shot.

    • Words March 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

      Robin, I’ll keep an eye out to see if it returns. If it stays with the greylags then it’s almost certainly a cross.

  2. Darko March 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    Probably a cross breed but I am not an expert. However, if you make Adele see this maybe she would have some idea!