Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Eye of the Beholder

What a fantastic bird!

Not admired by the Mute Swan?

Related to the shelduck, this pale brown and grey goose has distinctive dark brown eye-patches and contrasting white wing patches in flight. It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state. (text from RSPB website)

Worth a close look at DBCP. Not a common sight in Northumberland. It has no rings and showed it could fly by disappearing down to Druridge Pools for part of Thursday.

I am sure it will become a little less wary as it gets used to visitors but presently it heads back to the water as people approach it.

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