Posted by: travelrat | January 6, 2013

Ducks and Geese

Grange Duck 2

Grange over Sands: 5th January, 2013.

If there’s nothing else to photograph on a grey, drizzly day in Grange over Sands, the exotic ducks on the ornamental pond provide one or two opportunities.

Today, there were geese as well. I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen them here, and I wonder if they were resident, or just passing through.

A few of them had distinctive bars on their heads; subsequent research revealed that, with impeccable logic, they’re called ‘Bar Headed Geese’. But, my ‘bird book’ also said they’re native to India … although some ‘escapees’ from wildlife parks and such have bred ferally in Sweden.

But, how came they here?

Bar Headed Geese, Grange



  1. Hi Keith,
    Great photos, I love the colouring especially the black stripes across the top of the head, so unusual but very pretty as well.

    • I’ve never seen geese like these before, & had to look them up. They’re not native to Britain, & I’m wondering how they got here. I’ll call my contact at the RSPB next week, & see if he knows.

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