Thursday, 30 April 2009
Special Birds: "Eastern" Greylag Goose
The eastern race of Greylag Goose Anser anser rubirostris is a quite common breeder on freshwater wetlands in C and E Europe. It is indeed the only breeding goose over most of the region. Eastern birds differ from western birds by having a pink bill (though this varies: note the bills of the birds in this photo) and much paler upperparts and particuarly forewings. Photo by Mike Crutch taken at Nove Mlyny, South Moravia, Czech Republic, in March 2009.