Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 326 - Cape Barren Goose

I spent last week with a group of birders from Canada - it was fun to show them some of the birds in my neck of the woods.

We spent a day down at Phillip Island, which is a couple of hours east of my house.  Although famous for a somewhat plastic penguin parade, it is also a good spot for more authentic birding.  One of the first new birds I was able to show my guests was Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) which is a bird that only occur in SE Australia.  Unsurprisingly it was a tick for my guests!

We found a family group, with young and two adults.  Wonderful looking little birds.











The last two shots are of 'full sized birds' - the one with the grey bill is a juvenile. The one with the green / yellow bill is an adult.

As ever, click on the blue button to join in with WBW.  Cheers SM

25 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

I have never seen this goose and these are great shots particularly the close ups. Stewart I cannot link in I am not sure why as I could not link in to Mersad's blog yesterday as well. I am not sure how to fix it so could you link me in although i think you may not be there are present so not to worry. Thanks for hosting and have a great week ahead

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
ooooh you had David and co from Ontario?! how wonderful - and I know they will have been in 7th heaven at all the Aussie birds!!! YAM xx

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Those goslings sure are cute! Adults have quite unusual bill shape and color.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I did already guess which Canadian birder and blogger you were hanging out with recently.... Lucky David (and crew) to have such a great guide (and you to have the good company). Those geese are lovely and the goslings and family groups so sweet. All geese seem to know how to parent well. I wonder why the term ‘silly goose’ came to be common vernacular (over here anyway). They seem pretty much to know what they’re doing .

Dina said...

They are so cute!

italiafinlandia said...

Fantastic to see such pretty and new birds to me.
Thanks for sharing.

Rhodesia said...

Fabulous shots and I love the chicks. Cheers Diane

Marie Smith said...

The chicks are adorable! Great photos!

Adam Jones said...

That's a new goose for me. An unusual bill.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Those are handsome birds and the little ones are just cute as can be.

David Gascoigne said...

Gee, news travels fast! It is a great looking bird, Stewart, quite different from any other goose I can think of, and you knew exactly where to find them and took us right to them, after delivering a Fan-tailed Cuckoo in the parking lot I might add.

Anu said...

Hello Stewart! Your birder friends from Canada have been wonderful time! Great photos!

-I link my blog, but why the link is not in your blog… Is there something wrong with linking?

Anu said...

Hello again Stewart! It was my own mistake. When I first time tried to linking I didn’t put a check marks in the check box!

Have a great week ahead!

Emma said...

It would have been great for your guests to see these guys, they are great birds!

And also I love birding on Philip Island!

Lea said...

Interesting geese, and those babies are so cute!

Jo said...

What beautiful images of a special mother goose and goslings. Thanks for hosting this meme. I'm trying to get back to regular blogging and this was a good place to start. Have a great day. Jo

Missy George said...

Babies of all species tend to be adorable. So cute. Glad they were there for your camera.Great pictures..

Gayle said...

A bird I would never be able to see. That's the joy of these blogs. What cutie goslings. How wonderful for the Canadian birders to experience them in person.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

certainly not spring-break-wild.

I see no beer cups or sexy swimming suits

BumbleVee said...

Wish I had been there with the other Canucks......

Nora said...

wish I was there....these are so cute and nice and close also.

JP A Quiet Corner said...

These little ones are so precious, Stewart!!!...:)JP

Linda said...

What sweet goslings! Delightful post.

Lady Fi said...

Adorable shots.

Carol Gorenc said...

I am one of the very lucky Canadians who travelled to Phillip Island with Stewart and was able to see this amazing Cape Barren Goose family. Just one of the truly magnificent species he introduced us to! I am forever grateful to his devotionto us in time and
hospitality during our stay in Melbourne.