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Chinese or African Goose
Comments(2) # Chinese or African Goose london e17

So, a strange one this. I think Mary came closest with her suggestion (from her go-to bird guy) of a "horrible barnyard goose". It certainly, as a species, is not a wild one but on the other hand this specimen has somehow found its way to swim with the Canadian Geese at Walthamstow Reservoirs, a long way from any farmyards. There were also two Egyptian Geese there but I couldn't get a shot of all three species together which is a shame.....it would have been a kind of United Nations of Geese type thing. Anyway, the Chinese and African Geese are, unlike most domesticated species, descended from the Swan-Goose which are now a rare species in their native Mongolia. Most of the other domesticated geese are, of course, descended from the still pretty common Greylag Goose (which, strangely, I don't seem to have photographed here yet). As to whether this is a Chinese or African Goose I'm afraid I don't know....apparently it's determined by the shape of that characteristic knob above its beak. Where it came from still remains a mystery but it's been at the reservoirs for quite some time and seem to have been accepted by the Canada Geese with which it swims despite it being very noisy (at least while I was close). Thanks to all for guesses and suggestions whether by comment box or email. Canon EOS 40D
400 mm
400 ISO
1/200 sec
f 5.6
Flash: Not Fired