A classic Greenland White-fronted Goose found by Brian Stone.
It was originally found on nearby Orton Brick Pit but moved over to Hampton Lakes (a seemingly unlikely site for this species) with the large feral goose flock (which usually includes Barnacle and Bar-headed Geese and has recently attracted a single Pink-footed Goose as well as this bird).
The upperparts are quite dark with rather indistinct, dull barring on the back. The underparts are very well marked - as extensive belly markings as you will ever see, the bill is long and orange and the white tail tip (best seen in photo 2) is very thin.
Greenland White-fronted Goose is very rare in Cambs with only one accepted record prior to this year.
For Brian's photos click here.
For photos of a family group at Prior's Fen GP in January 2003 click here.
For photos of albifrons White-fronted Goose in Cambs in 2003 click here.
Feral goose flocks are well worth checking regularly and frequently attrack passing 'wild' birds to them. This flock is very mobile and has been seen at many sites in the PBC area including Deeping Lakes, Prior's Fen and Ferry Meadows CP. This year it has attracted several Pink-feet and both European and Greenland White-fronts. It is easily tracked by the more unusual feral birds such as the Barnacle and Bar-headed Geese. A Fulvous Whistling-duck is another bird often seen with the geese in the area.
Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20xWA
© Steve Dudley | 8 December 2003