Rare white-fronted geese in Kuwait, killed by poachers


This video from California in the USA says about itself:

Greater White-fronted Geese at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge forage in the tules, welcoming another flock of geese as they greet the morning sun

From the Kuwait Birding blog:

30 November 2014

The Start of a Mega Week in Kuwait

Week 44, 01 November 2014 – Jahra Area

We had an early cold front that probably had some influence on the week that was to come, but it started with a flock of 7 juvenile Greater White-fronted Geese that were seen off the Jahra coast. As it transpired, ours must have been part of a much bigger flock that found their way to the western Arabian Gulf; as there were multiple reports of flocks of varying sizes from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and UAE.

This was the 3rd record for Kuwait which absolutely delighted the local birders and photographers and as they were 1st year birds, turned out to be very tolerant of people, which was to their detriment in the short term. Initially there were 7 birds and this increased to almost 30 by nightfall when they found their way to a roost site. I was among the lucky few who was able to enjoy these special Geese for a short time.

Sadly, there is no happy ending to this 3rd record, as the small flock was decimated and killed by local [poachers] who trespassed into the area that they were roosting and obliterated them in one selfish and irresponsible act – depriving many others from enjoying what was a rare sighting of a very special species. Although the new environmental protection laws are supposedly in place, it wasn’t evident on this occasion – but we live in hope that prosecutions will be forthcoming for the unmitigated and continuous killing of migratory birds in the future!

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