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Australian Settler Geese

Anser anser domesticus


My original spotting of these birds was in August 2013 - What struck me as very unusual about this group was that it was almost exclusively male. There was only one female, but about 10 males. Is this common amongst geese species? I have only ever seen these birds in pairs. It was not long after sunrise and they were resting quietly, no doubt waiting for the anglers and fishing boats.


Spotted by the Manning River in Taree on the NSW mid-north coast.

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armadeus.4 6 years ago

This is what ran through my head as I looked through the series: #1 oh no...'ere 'e comes boys #2 ooo...I can't bear to look...what about you there lass?! #3 good gawd! he's comin' over 'ere! #4 what are we gonna do??? can't run away now #5 I dunno...just gotta limber up first #6 I'm tellin' ya was THIS BIG! Thank you for sharing Neil!!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Thanks, Maria. As far as I know, the ganders are always pure white, whereas the geese are a light-grey. When I have seen them in pairs (which is nearly always), this has been the case. I've never considered the plumage of a juvenile. I'll try and get some info on this.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Nice spotting. So the female is the dark-winged goose? I thought at first it might be a juvenile.

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Taree, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Dec 6, 2014
Submitted on Dec 30, 2014

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