Egyptian geese

Like the Mandarin duck, Egyptian geese have established themselves as a breeding bird in England after escaping from waterfowl collections. The largest feral population is in East Anglia but they are increasingly seen elsewhere and for the second year running a few seem to have decided to spend the winter on our lakes.

Despite their large size they like to nest high up in tree hollows, where they are safe from most predators. Pairs are very aggressive during the breeding season and generally do an excellent job of rearing their young. This year a pair bred succesfully on the pond in the nearby Broadfield_Park.

While photographing the Egyptian geese I also got this line up of three species I have already written about on the the boardwalk fence.

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