Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Egyptian Goose


The Egyptian Goose   Alopochen aegyptiacus 
It is a native of Africa, south of the Sahara, and the Nile Vally.
 

The Egyptian Goose has long legs, and feeds mainly up on dry land. They swim well but are heavy in flight. 
 

The Egyptian Goose has a chocolate-brown patch around eye. Both sexes are identical in plumagem, and they pair for life.   
 

Note the large white wing panel.
 
These photos were taken earlier in the year in the park. I didn't know much about them at the time, but have since learnt quite a bit. Something interesting about them is that the ancient Egyptians considered them sacred, and thats why the Egyptian Goose appears in much of their artwork.
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAYS

28 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like the colors they share with the whistling ducks i have (russet, black, cream)

Mama Zen said...

How gorgeous! I've never seen one before.

Ela said...

I've never seen this geese. It is a beautiful creature. I like the profile of her face !
Greetings :)

Bob Bushell said...

Magnificent, the third one is really superb. Excellent photos.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful goose! I like the rusty colours.

adaisyisadaisy said...

Such beautiful birds. Great images.

Adam Jones said...

A wonderful looking goose and great shots.

Adam said...

cool goose

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful bird.

Janet Shaw said...

Beautiful!

Phil Slade said...

There are small numbers of them here but I'm never sure of their origins. They could be escapees or feral. An attractive bird though and you have some lovely pictures.

susan jane said...

beautiful geese, lovely markings. love Sue

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, such colorful Egyptian Goose and I thought they are proud looking♫♫♫ Also impressed by "pair for life" p;) I felt ashamed of not remembering them appear Egyptian artwork.

I hope you will have a wonderful rest of the week, dear Sonija. Getting comfortable a little during the night, though... :-)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Such a beautiful Goose.. Nice pics.. Congrats..

Jette Hollesen said...

Great pictures! The last one is fantastic- the feathers.... just wonderful!

Hugs
JetteMajken

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Such a beautiful goose :)

Helma said...

Funny .... I have just posted a series of the Nile Goose.
you too have some beautiful pictures of it. Beautiful color and very pretty bright.
Warm regards,

karmnik54 said...

Fajnie wyszło pierwsze zdjęcie:)

Gail Dixon said...

Amazing images!! I saw this goose here in Baton Rouge spring before last and was so enthralled as I'd never seen them prior to that. You really got some gorgeous, sharp shots of these beauties.

Pat said...

What a gorgeous bird!

Janice Adcock said...

beautifully marked birds.

bettyl-NZ said...

Interesting that geese have a raucous reputation but were sacred. Nice shots.

EG CameraGirl said...

They have such interesting colouring!

Marie said...

It's a beautiful bird...and I enjoyed learning about it too.

Maria said...

I just love those feathers!

Chris Rohrer said...

I can see why there considered sacred. Beautiful birds. I think we have some domesticated ones here.....some are reported to even be wild ferals now in certain states! This is a stunner of a goose.....although geese are pretty amazing anytime. Hope you are well and thanks for sharing!

Stewart M said...

A splendid and strange looking bird - I saw my first one in the wild when I was in the Uk recently.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Marijke Verdonk said...

What a fantastic photo's of this amazing goose. I love it's colors. Overhere there are more and more to come in.
Have a great weekend.

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