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Old Dec 1, 2013, 5:44 PM   #1
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Default Cackling goose X white-fronted hybrid

I was lucky enough to capture a few pictures of a hybrid goose at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday. It appears to be a cackling or Canada Goose x white-fronted goose.
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Steve, great observation! While we were having fun taking their pictures, the geese were having fun fooling around.
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Beautiful capture Steve,

It is indeed a rare sight, looks like a mix between a Brent and Canada Goose.
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Steve, great observation! While we were having fun taking their pictures, the geese were having fun fooling around.

It must be something in the water . There have been several sightings of hybrid geese this season. White-fronted X Snow geese, Emperor X White-fronted, and not this Cackling X White-fronted goose.
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Beautiful capture Steve,

It is indeed a rare sight, looks like a mix between a Brent and Canada Goose.

Thanks Marcelo, I had two of the refuge biologists confirm that this was indeed a cross between a Cackling Canada goose and a White-fronted goose. It was flying in with an adult White-fronted goose, probably a parent, and side by side it was about 1/3 smaller than the white-fronted.
This has been an interesting year for me. I have seen many more hybrids than in the past. They may have always been there, but now I think I am getting to the point where I am better able to distinguish the differences.

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