Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Taiga and Tundra Bean Geese with Greylags

Tundra Bean Goose, Anser fabalis &
Greylag Goose, Anser anser at rear
Yesterday I revisited the river Arun at Warningcamp. The Bar-headed Goose was still with his four Canadian pals. Further round the river bend I found 34 Greylags. I managed to spot the two Bean Geese among them. The beak patterns indicate that they may belong to the two subspecies Taiga and Tundra. Some people believe they are both Tundra. The names refer to the habitat of each subspecies. 
Taiga is boreal forest,  characterized by coniferous forests. It is found between the tundra, and the temperate forest, generally 50°N to 70°N. 
Tundra is north of the Taiga where tree growth is hindered by low temperatures and short growing seasons and vegetation is composed of dwarf shrubs, sedges and grasses, mosses, and lichens.

Afterwards I called into the Arundel WWT.
Taiga Bean Goose on left with Tundra Bean Goose
with Greylag Goose resting
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis &
Bar-headed Goose, Anser indicus
Bar-headed Goose, Anser indicus
Bar-head with his Canadian pals
Cormorants, Phalacrocorax carbo
Greylag Geese, Anser anser
My parents had 3 flying ducks on the wall in the 50s
Greylag Geese, Anser anser
Greylag Goose, Anser anser
Black Swedish Mallard at Arundel WWT

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