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The Goose With No Name  by VoluntaryRanger
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OK..I admit it,I’m not perfect.On my jaunt to the Grange-over-Sands ornamental duck pond (Cumbria) in a moment of boredom I started seeing how many different birds I could get.
The cunningly placed ID chart helped with most,and I knew a lot of them anyway,but this striking individual confounded me..It is a goose,I’m in no doubt but could some kind person (not you Smiffy) please share their knowledge with me…
Sony Alpha 350 Sigma 70-300 ingle jpg copied and converted to 3 shot HDR in Photomatix
Bingo..it is a Ruddy-headed Goose Thanks to the Smithster for pointing it out on his second attempt.

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bird, goose, cumbria, grange over sands, ruddy headed goose, sony alpha 350

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago

    reet Mr Jamie…..me thinks it is an Emperor Goose

  • No,I have posted one of those already

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago

    with head stained orange see HERE

  • Wrong colour bill

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago

    I stand corrected it is a Male ruddy-headed goose .see HERE

  • You are right…

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 3 years ago

    Well, Mr. Ruddy Head, you are a charmer. I love the boots!!

  • They are nice aren’t they

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    This is an Upland goose (Chloephaga picta picta), a sheldgoose from the Northern Tierra del Fuego region of Chile. This is the female – adult male has a bright white head & black striping. This is a lot like the much rarer Ruddy-headed goose (C. rubidiceps) of the same area, which has diagnostic bright red legs. Take a look here & scroll down about a quarter of the way to get to the pic of Upland. About five down from that is the Ruddy-headed. Voila, old son.

  • Thanks very much for the speedy response. But having seen the photos I have to say mine is a Ruddy-headed goose..look at where the head colour finshes..also all the geese at Grange are paired off and they didn’t have any of those white headed jobs) I’ve now looked at several pics on the net of Ruddy-headed and compared them to another shot I have sideways on which I feel helps me reach my final conclusion See here for images that show yellower legs

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago

    smithys right smithys right smithys right smithys right smithys right

  • OK

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Tough call – narrower flank barring can’t be made out in your photo because of the foreshortening. Red-orange legs camouflaged by weird wellies. Rounder head also hard to make out. I like the Smiff’s mantra, anyway. In any event, we’ve narrowed it down to Chile!

  • Smithy is right..see his description of the legs…And it’s from the Falklands..

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    And isn’t it interesting that the female of one species looks so much like the male of the other? I LOVE birds.

  • Me too….

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago

    YEH……………………..Smiffy’s right….pint please

  • next week,but only if you stop bigging yourself up on my time..lol

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    What IS with this example’s legs? As for the Falklands… Chileans have a different view of the world & claim this here duck, & all those places are upside down anyway.

  • Chileans are wrong…and we own the Falklands…I liked this bit from the description….“Its relatively short bill is black, and the orange legs bear distinct black marks on the knee joints and on the feet
    Bingo,sez I!!

    – VoluntaryRanger

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