Saturday, January 23, 2010

Beans and friends

Pink-footed Geese, Bean Geese, and single European White-fronted Goose

Bean Goose facing right and Pinkfoot looking left, for comparison

Two Bean Geese among the Pinkfeet

Yesterday Jonathan Taylor found a couple of Tundra Bean Geese on the Nene Washes at Eldernell. Today (23.1.10), I refound them in the company of five Pink-footed Geese and two European White-fronted Geese.
It was only the second time I have seen Beans in the PBC area and it was good to see them side by side with Pinkfeet for comparison. The overall size is slightly bigger and bulkier; the bill distinctly longer; with an orange, not pink band; the overall plumage colour is darker especially the back and wings (paler and grey on PFs); the tailer is daker with a thin white terminal band; and the legs are orange (not pink).

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