White-fronted geese and wigeons

After the Great North Holland Canal birds, yesterday morning to nature reserve De Putten near Petten village.

At the lake bank: oystercatchers and herring gulls. And two shelducks flying away. The light is not very good here; so we continue around the lake.

There is a narrow country road through the meadows around the lake. On the left side: many wigeons grazing.

White-fronted geese, near De Putten, 17 March 2012

On the other side, hundreds of white-fronted geese. The geese pictured on the upper photo here do not yet have full dark stripes on their sides, as they are still immature.

White-fronted geese, adult in front, near De Putten, 17 March 2012

The goose at the front of this picture has dark stripes; it is mature.

Twice, we saw a lone brent goose between the big white-fronted geese groups.

Starlings and curlews in a meadow.

A black-tailed godwit on the bank of a ditch.

A buzzard on a pole.

Shelducks, meadow, Putten near Petten, 17 March 2012

Shellducks flying.

We continue to the De Putten lake.

August 2013. The Welsh Ornithological Society (WOS) have expressed concern at the Welsh Government’s decision not to ban the hunting of White-fronted Geese. Wales is now the only area in the Goose’s regular haunts where the goose is not protected: here.

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