White-fronted Goose at Culkein

February 22nd 2012

White-fronted Goose at Culkein

This 1st-winter White-fronted Goose of the Greenland race, Anser albifrons flavirostris was spotted at Culkein Stoer on 28th January 2012 by David and Avril Haines.

There have only been two other records of this species of goose in Assynt since 1997.

The bird concerned is in the foreground of the photograph with the black banding on its chest/belly. It can be recognised as an immature bird as the white blaze at the base of its bill has not developed yet. In addition the vertical groves on its neck are indistinct. The adult Greylag Goose to the left shows how the neck groves will look on this bird as it ages.

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