Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Special birds: Lesser White-fronted Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus is one of Europe's most sought after birds. It is nowhere numerous, having declined in its Fenno-Scandian breeding areas and on passage often threatened. One of the very best areas to search for this small goose (with a wingspan of just 115-135com and a length of around 60cm) is in Hungary, especially the grasslands and ponds of the Hortobagy in autumn. Here a flock of from 30-200 birds is regular from late August through to November. Elsewhere smaller numbers can be found amongst larger flocks of other geese.