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This was a surprise spotting this weekend, a pair of Egyptian Geese with five goslings. Egyptian Goose is a long-legged, medium sized and stocky Goose, mainly of various shades of pale brown. Both sexes sport a distinctive white panel on wings, and the distinctive red-brown eye-surround.
Observed on an artificial lake (and town water reserve) at outskirts of a smaller urban center in rural parts of Geneva lake valley. The lake borders the town, protected wetlands and a broadleaved forest. This lake and a neighbouring wetlands are one of the main places to observe waterfowls.
This was a surprising spotting this weekend on that lake - the Egyptian goose is an African species, some feral population are noted in England where it was introduced in 18th century (information from Collins Bird Guide). Only occasionally seen on continent. Here, my best guess is that these are possibly escaped from collections or zoos. According to French LPO and my correspondance with them, its reproduction in wild was already observed in France, but remains relatively rare sight.
Spotted on May 2, 2021
Submitted on May 5, 2021
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