Word-of-Day-Challenge-Goose

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Dwarf Mongoose

Maybe stretching Goose a bit…here!  🙂

Captured at Balule Reserve,

Sausage Tree Safari Camp,

part of

Greater Kruger National Park,

South Africa.

 

Egyptian Geese are from 63 to 73 cm in height

and they can weigh from 1.5 to 2.3 kg.

The wingspan measures 38 cm, on average.

 

These images were captured in

Botswana’s

Chobe National Park.

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My last images, of a Cape Barren Goose,

were captured at Serendip Sanctuary,

on the outskirts of Geelong.

Cape Barren Geese are native to

the south-eastern coast of Australia

south-eastern Victoria and 

the southern coast of Western Australia. 

However my first sighting of these birds

was at the Toronto Zoo in 1976.

While I had never seen a live specimen,

I was able to answer the question,

What are they?

with a reasonable degree of confidence.

An adult Cape Barren goose is 75 to 100 cm (30 to 39 in) long,
weighs 3 to 7 kg (6.6 to 15.4 lb) and
has a 150 to 190 cm (59 to 75 in) wingspan;
males are somewhat larger than females.
This bird feeds by grazing and rarely swims.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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