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bar-headed goose

Anser indicus


bar-headed goose is one of the highest flying waterfowl. Spotted at Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary,Tirunelveli,Tamilnadu,India.


observed around 60 numbers of birds at the location.


The last picture(green tag-P66) taken at the same location - last year(25Mar2018). Actually I didn't noticed the tag while taking the picture.when checking the clicks at home,I noticed the tag and able to found that tag was done by Wildlife Science and Conservation Center,Mongolia - through internet, I sent my observations to them through mail. As per their immediate reply that green color band-P66 bird was marked on 29 July 2011 at the Khongor ulun lake in province Bayan-Ulgii of the Western Mongolia. Capture location is N48.505194, E90.602111. This birds was identified adult female, weighed 2370 g.

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Arun a day ago

@Tukup . Thank you so much :)

Arun a day ago

@Josh Asel .. Thank you so much :)

Arun a day ago

@Michael Strydom .. Thank you so much :)

Tukup a day ago

Congratulations on a well-deserved SOTW. Beautiful.

Tukup a week ago

Beautiful shot Arun. Thanks for sharing.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel a week ago

What a great series of animal expressions. And an increbile looking bird too!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a week ago

Congrats on SOTW.. Very nice set

Arun a week ago

@Leuba Ridgway Thanks a lot :)

Arun a week ago

@Sergio Monteiro ... Thank you so much :)

Arun a week ago

@SukanyaDatta .. Thank you so much :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a week ago

Congratulations Arun - well deserved ! Bring us more..

Great series, Arun, and well deserved SOTW. Congratulations.

SukanyaDatta a week ago

Fantastic follow up story...what a migration! Hope it stays safe. Thank you, Arun, for sharing.

Arun a week ago

@AntónioGinjaGinja .. Thank you so much :)

Arun a week ago

@Maria dB ... Through internet search I came to know about the tagging system was done by Wildlife Science and Conservation Center,Mongolia. I send a mail to them as per the instruction they mentioned in their website,They send me the detail of the tag !

check the link below

Arun a week ago

@Leuba Ridgway ... Thank you so much .. Moreover 8 years its traveling with the tag... hope it wont choke !!

Arun a week ago

@DanielePralong .. Thank you so much for the SOTW !!! This is my first SOTW :) .. Due to limited upload, I am not able to share much photos, Please check my below FB page link for more photos about the spotting !!

and if you see the 3rd spotting - stretching the heads up !! .. dancing with sound, If anyone knows about this behavior kindly share ..

I can share some few photos if any one needs for their studies and research

Thank you so much to my PN Team :)

Great series Arun,very good work,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong a week ago

Congratulation Arun, your Bar-headed Geese have been voted Spotting of the Week! Your high quality images got commended but what won you the vote is your tag and observation story with the follow up by the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia. as ranger Ava put it: "A great little moment of citizen science".

"Unmistakable with two conspicuous dark bars running across the back of their white head, these bar-headed geese (Anser indicus) have been voted Spotting of the Week! Native to central and southern Asia, these geese are best known for their high altitude migration which takes them as high as 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) over the Himalayas. This spotting comes with a special story. The goose in the last picture in this series of images was photographed last year at the same location. Project Noah member Arun first didn't see the green tag around the goose's neck. Checking images later at home he noticed the tag and was able to find out that the bird had been tagged by the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia. Arun sent them his observations, and got a reply that the bird had been tagged back on July 29, 2011, in the province of Bayan-Ulgii in western Mongolia. This bird was identified as an adult female, weighing 2370 g at the time of tagging. Citizen science at its best!""

To learn more about bar-headed geese migration:



Maria dB
Maria dB a week ago

Very cool that you added the information about the banding of the birds and how you were able to find out where the bird was when it was banded.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a week ago

Wonderful spotting and great notes and follow-up story Arun. I only hope the tag's not choking the goose !!

AshleyT 2 weeks ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Arun 2 weeks ago

@triggsturner .. Thank you so much :)

triggsturner 2 weeks ago

Lovely series Arun.

Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 8.66, Long: 77.78

Spotted on Jan 25, 2019
Submitted on Jan 27, 2019

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