Friday, September 26, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS, NATURE NOTES, WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY AND BIRD D'POT

I am joining several memes today, and will be linking up with them as they become available.


I am sharing photos of the pair of Red-breasted Geese we saw when visiting London in June.  We were walking through St. James Park.  I looked at their legs and noticed that they were banded.


Red-breasted Geese - Brant ruficollis - are endangered and breed on the tundras of arctic Europe.


I read the following: "They often choose sites close to the nests of birds of prey such as peregrine falcons and snowy owls.  While this might seem a dangerous thing to do, in fact it seems to provide protection from other predators such as arctic foxes."


Also, "In the winter, the birds move south.  Up to 70% of the world's red-breasted geese winter around lakes in north-east Bulgaria, where flocks hundreds of thousands strong to graze....."


"They have moved their feeding grounds here from the former Soviet Union, where changes to agricultural practices, especially the conversion of wheat fields to cotton plantations, spelled disaster.  But new threats face them in their new home....."   

You can read more at this website where I found the above information.

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I am joining Misty's Camera Critters, Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Michelle's Nature Notes, Anni's  Bird D'Pot and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesdaywith thanks to each for hosting these very enjoyable memes.  Their logos can be found on my side bar.

40 comments:

Ginny said...

These geese are beautiful, they almost look painted! I have never seen or heard of them, too bad they are endangered! Your shots are wonderful, showing up their beautiful makings so well.

Felicia said...

These are handsome fellows. I've never seen them before.

TexWisGirl said...

quite dashing!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

He is a handsome fellow. Hard to believe it is cold enough for them in London.

Phil Slade said...

They are such beautiful geeese but as usual for such creatures they are endangered because of man.

Mama Zen said...

I've never seen them before. They're beautiful!

Roy Norris said...

These are lovely geese Denise, we do get the odd rare one in England, but I have not been lucky enough to see one yet.

Elephant's Child said...

What a gorgeous bird. Sigh on the endangered front. Too many of the beautiful species are - thanks often to us.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are fabulous critters, aren't they??!! WOW.

Gail Dixon said...

These are new to me! What colorful and interesting geese. Showstoppers!

carolann said...

On my are they charming.

Wow! I have never see this color.

Terri said...

Great shots- I don't think I have ever seen one before.

Marie said...

Beautiful and really interesting bird! I love the color pattern of the feathers.

Bethany Carson said...

Never seen a goose quote like that! Certainly good-looking!

Rose said...

They are sure a stunning looking bird! I had not heard of them before.

William Kendall said...

They are beautiful indeed! So very different from this side of the Atlantic's geese.

Cloudia said...

Rarely do I meet a creature who is completely unknown to me. You have given me that wonderful gift of the new today! Thanks, D

Excellent shots, and nice facts



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Stephanie said...

What an unusual bird! Beautiful markings and designs on his body.

Adam said...

beautiful geese

Karen S. said...

Oh my what stunning coloring and markings on these adorable creatures!

pattisjarrett said...

How pretty! Not like any I've seen!

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! You got great shots of this birds. Very beautiful markings. Have a great weekend.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful! Birds and photography!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Frank said...

One of my favourites. Lovely shots Denise.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful geese. Very pretty colours and markings.

Jocee said...

Wow, what stunning looking geese.

orvokki said...

Lovely bird. So colorful, I haven't ever seen like this.
And your header is nice.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, they are beautiful geese. I love their pretty coloring.. Awesome photos.. Thank you for linking up, enjoy your weekend!

Betsy Brock said...

Beautiful geese...I've never seen that variety before!

Hannah said...

The color patterns on the geese are stunning! So artfully designed. Great photos!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful geese! I remember seeing swans in that Park (I think it was there.) But honestly I think these geese are more beautiful even.

Anni said...

I have never seen the likes of this gorgeous creature!! It's marked so beautifully!! And your photos are so very impressive Denise.

Thanks for sharing your link today at I'd Rather B Birdin'!!

diane b said...

They are beautiful colours with the striking outlines. They look like they have been painted by numbers.

EG CameraGirl said...

Very cool colouring on these geese!

sweetbay said...

It's always depressing to read about another endangered species. I wish more of the world believed the same as Aldo Leopold. These geese are gorgeous.

SeagullSuzie said...

Love the photos, and such a beautiful bird too.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great looking bird!

NatureFootstep said...

a very beautiful bird. You were very lucky to see it. :)

Arija said...

What wonderful creatures these geese are! I wonder what God was thinking when He/She created them?

Kay said...

Ah ha! So that's what they are! The coloring is really amazing!