Flying geese

Cape Barren Geese call as they fly, which is very thoughtful as it gave me time to look skywards instead of watching waves crashing at the foot of the cliff.

 

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)
1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 800

 

This striking species made a fantastic recovery after facing extinction. They now live in healthy numbers on Phillip Island where they are often seen meandering along the freshly-mown roadside edges to graze on new shoots. There are signs informing drivers about birds on the roads; please drive mindfully if you visit the island, these birds mate for life so it’s always extra sad if one is hurt.

 

 

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)
1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 800

 

It seems remarkable that such heavy set birds with their solid red legs and big black feet can get airborne. Their wingspan is between 1.5-1.9 metres and the power in their wings must be phenomenal.

 

 

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)
1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 800

 

Well, it’s not every day a goose flies by, or even a pair of geese but it’s sure impressive when it happens.

Happy birding

Kim

 

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