Greenland White-fronted Geese at WWT

Saturday 13th March 2010

At last temperatures are starting to feel a bit more spring-like, reaching 12 degrees by this afternoon. A fruitless search for the Lesser-spot at Cox's Meadow, Cheltenham, this morning wasn't the best start. Things picked up with a Red Kite at Charlton Abbots later which was a county year tick. I rounded off the morning nicely at WWT with the two Greenland White-fronted Geese (A. albifrons flavirostris) feeding and drinking on the Tack Piece late morning (photos above and below).

In the photo below, one of the Greenlands is seen behind to 'European' White-fronts, and the difference in bill colour can easily be seen; the Greenland albifrons bill is bright orange, compared to the pink bill of the 'European'. The Greenland is also darker, giving it a more contrasting, 'smarter' appearance.


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