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Old Mar 16, 2004, 7:26 AM   #1
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I hate posting photos of wildlife without knowing the correct name of the animal....help anyone?

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Old Mar 16, 2004, 11:22 AM   #2
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Ahh... goose?

By the body, head, and bill, its some flavor of goose, but I've never seen that type of head coloration before. Maybe a cross breed?

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Old Mar 20, 2004, 2:53 PM   #3
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I found out what this is. It's a Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus) It's listed as an Exotic Waterfowl:
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Exotic species frequently escape from zoos and private collections; virtually any of the world's waterfowl species can occasionally be seen free-flying in North America.
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Old Mar 20, 2004, 5:01 PM   #4
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Thanks Eric!!how did you manage to find this out??
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yea I'm curious myself.
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The Sibley Guide to Birds is THE authority on birds IMO.
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Old Mar 21, 2004, 12:59 AM   #7
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That guide is great because it has pictures of every plumage grouped by the time of year they have it, and age (if that matters.) It's too big to carry around, but it's a great book for looking things up at home.

I was looking up Norther Pintails (which I saw today... I ID'd them correctly) and a smaller canadian goose I saw. There are some much rarer breeds that if found would be an important sighting. I'm still unsure on this. While looking that up, he had a single picture of this exotic and I knew immedately when I saw it that it was what you photographed. That head is very distinctive.

I went to a talk Sibley gave a few months back (he lives a few towns over from me.) He is a very nice and humble guy. And boy does he know his birds. He literally bought a car and drove around the entire US for about 6 years just studying and drawing birds (he does his own art work) before creating the book. It was interesting to hear how he made the book, and why it is laid out the way it is.

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Definately gonna be next on my list at amazon >=]
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Old Mar 21, 2004, 10:00 PM   #9
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I very much enjoy the pose of the bird. Makes me think it's about to say "hey buddy! what are you doin? sneakin up on me?"
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hahaha, I think you are right Gandalf, that was exactly what i was trying to do!!
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