The Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) is a true goose - although some books describe it as "an aberrant one" - i.e. not really typical of the birds we call geese. This is a substantial bird, weighing in at about 4 - 6 kg. Every time I see them I am surprise they were not eaten into extinction in the early colonial period of Australian history.
The males and females are very similar - but the female sits on the nest which is a bit of a give away some times.
When ever I watch geese of any kind feeding I can't help but think of them as flying cows - large, slow moving, grass eating herbivores.
The name Cape Barren seems to have come from the Island of the same name, which lies between Tasmania and the mainland - although it only seems to have become popular as a name when sealers started to use the island. I can only assume that was bad news for both the seals and the geese.
|Female - on nest|
Now its over to you for WBW 101!