Makes me wonder…
Having never seen or heard of Russian White-fronted Geese (‘albifrons’) with orange bills before it has made me wonder. Are all records of Greenland White-fronted Geese correctly identified? In some British Counties, Greenland White-fronts are decidedly rare. It will need more than an orange bill on a White-fronted Goose to convince me from now on!
Same in Sussex
Back to Slimbridge
Here thanks to Slimbridge warden, James Lees a very nice set of photos of the family party from last October. 2 adults and 4 juveniles which arrived at Slimbridge WWT on 14th October 2011. Notice the 2 orange-billed juvenile albifrons. The 2nd winter Lesser Scaup photos are also by James Lees.
Family party of Russian White-fronted Geese, Slimbridge WWT Gloucester, 14th October 2011. © James Lees. 2 adults, 2 normal pink-billed juveniles and 2 orange-billed juveniles
Still at Slimbridge now and worth a look if you are visiting.
and the returning Lesser Scaup:
Garner the Bewick’s Swan
Not returned to Slimbridge yet. For photos of what he looked like last year, see here.
and here’s his card- part of the amazing work at Slimbridge WWT. He has lovely grey eyes in case you see him somewhere else.