Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 101 - Cape Barren Goose

I spent most of this Sunday down on Phillip Island - which is about 2 hours (give or take the traffic) east of Melbourne.  When I catch up, I'll do a full post about the trip over on my wordy blog - but for now, I just show some pictures.

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.

Male
Female - on nest

eating grass 


Now its over to you for WBW 101!



51 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! i like their spotted plumage, tiny bills and big, thick pink legs! neat!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Beautiful goose. Love the plumage!! Has the plumage of a Mourning Dove.

Adrienne said...

I love what mother nature does with monochromatic - look at all those beautiful feathers and shades!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

They're very pretty!!!!

Gail Dixon said...

A beautiful bird. I can't get over the short, stocky legs! Nature is amazing.

Karen said...

Great pink "stockings".

Frank said...

Stewart. Thanks for sharing what I believe is still one of the worlds' rarest Geese that was close to extinction in the 1950's.

A wondering star said...

Such a stunning bird! Lovely
photos, ….. I've never seen The Cape Barren Goose before.

Eva Jorunn Norway

Marie said...

They are beautiful birds, but hefty--I agree, I'm surprised they survived the colonization period! :-) They remind me of prehistoric birds in their form. Still, so lovely!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Cool birds.

Look like gigantic doves, with that gray plumage and pink legs.

Sylvia K said...

Wow! They are big and beautiful! I've never seen one of these! Great captures for the day, Stewart! Hope your week is going well!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful birds. I like the soft grey colour.

Jo said...

OMW What BEAUTIFUL birds. Each image delivers another feature which is so striking. Thanks for sharing. I'm linking my post tomorrow. greetings. Jo

Gary Phillips said...

Great looking!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

Sharon Wagner said...

Those are some stocky legs!

Sharon Wagner said...

Those are some stocky legs!

Sharon Wagner said...

Those are some stocky legs!

Phil Slade said...

It is rather a "chunky" beast but very attractive Stewart. And like you say it must have been a target for a square meal in the past. You don't say if this particular bird is truly wild, but if so is something of a "sitting goose" to further question its long term survival against man.

Thanks again for the shares with the bird bloggers of the world.

Chris Rohrer said...

What an interesting bird! I love the feathers on this goose. New bird for me as well.....again:)

Linda W. said...

Interesting looking bird. Nice photos!

Revrunner said...

Maybe they intimidated the colonists.

eileeninmd said...

It is a pretty goose..I am surprised at the stocky legs.. Great shots..thanks for hosting. Have a happy week!

Brian King said...

This is the first time I've heard of this one. A rather substantial bird and very stout legs!

Andrea Priebe said...

They are a handsome, stocky looking goose. They don't quite look like the geese I am used to seeing, but there are some similarities. I do love their coloring ... the steely blue/gray. Are they common all over Australia or do you have to go to Phillip Island or Cape Barren Great pictures, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

thewovenspoke said...

What beautiful geese, I love their plumage.

Montanagirl said...

What a pretty bird! Their markings are really neat.

babsjeheron said...

Wow, what a fascinating, plush-looking goose! Excellent photos, Stewart.

Esther Joy said...

Love the orange legs! They kind of match the orange legs of the doves I posted!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful bird!

Felicia said...

They are beautiful creatures Stewart.

Stuart Price said...

Wow, a 6KG Goose...bet that can give a painful nip.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Stewart I have never seen this goose before. It looks like its head is too small for its body. they are beautiful. Thanks for hosting. Hope you are having a great week.

Irma said...

Hallo Stewart,
Prachtige foto's van een interessant uitziende vogel.
Foto 2 is mijn favoriet.
Groetjes Irma

EG CameraGirl said...

Chunky looking for sure. Meaty! It is a wonder they've survived early settlers.

Roan said...

Really like the spotts. They look like they would be soft to the touch. Beautiful critters!

LadyD Piano said...

Splendid birds! Wish we had 'flying cows' in SoCal.

Small City Scenes said...

What a pretty Goose. Red legs and polka-dots. MB

Shey Wicklund said...

Great capture. Love the pink "stockings" too. A nice contrast to its color.

Max-e said...

That is an amazing looking goose - almost looks like it is crossed with pigeon :). Great shots Stewart

A Quiet Corner said...

The heathers on this goose look three dimensional in your first photo! It is so clear and detailed!!!...:)JP

bailey-road.com said...

Great photos. It is a stocky looking bird. The plumage is really pretty.

Christian Weiß said...

Funny birds, the translated german name is chicken goose, maybe the translator understood something wrong. Nevertheless, a great bird and a great opportunity to observe them.

Naquillity said...

beautiful bird and plumage. hope all is well.

June Caedmon said...

Their plumage really is quite beautiful. I love the way the feathers fall, almost like a Victorian lady's skirt!

pattisjarrett said...

She's a beauty. Her color and speckling remind me of our Mourning Dove.

Linda said...

He has an odd face... fun to see!

Ashley Beolens said...

That is an amazing looking goose, not one I've heard of or seen pics of before, thanks for sharing.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

I love all pictures... All shots are just outstanding...

Arija said...

Great goosie, goosie, gander shots!

edenhills said...

She looks so pretty sitting on her nest. They really do like to browse like cattle.

Adam Jones said...

Great pictures Stewart. Really like the second one on the nest.