Bird Watching (UK) - - Id Challenge -

We fin­ish with a bird which is up­side down in the wa­ter, legs in the air. But that doesn’t mean you can’t iden­tify it! Those legs are short and ro­bust, with large webbed feet; legs and feet are wholly black­ish. The body is brown with brown stripes, with a white rear end, prob­a­bly the lower vent and un­der­tail coverts. Mean­while, what ap­pears to be the breast is pale buff, al­most white. The over­all im­pres­sion is that this bird is a goose. Those black legs rule out all of the ‘grey geese’ and Egyp­tian Goose. Of the ‘black’ geese (Brent, Bar­na­cle and Canada), only Canada Goose has a pale breast. So even though you can’t see the neck, head or up­per­parts, you can be con­fi­dent that this is in­deed a bathing Canada Goose.

Key fea­tures

Short, thick legs and big webbed feet; all black

Brown striped flanks and paler brown to buff belly

White lower belly and un­der­tail

Pale breast ‘di­ag­nos­tic’

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