Cape Barren Geese

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Cape Barren Geese

Just joined after seeing Cape Barren Geese for first time near Baxter on Mornington Peninsula this morning on the way to work

WendyK's picture

Hi Pippa.  That's how it starts.  There's no turning back now.

Mandurah, WA
Peel-Yalgorup System Ramsar Site

Araminta's picture

Wendy is right, welcome yes Pippa


Holly's picture

Welcome Pippa! They are amazing birds aren't they.

timmo's picture

Cool. Welcome Pippa.

Down on the peninsula at Cape Schanck is the only place I've seen these guys outside of wildlife parks.


Araminta's picture

You will find large groups of them roaming the fields on Phillip Island, here is one with her two young.These ones are for you Pippa.


pippa.h59's picture

Thanks! Aren't they beautiful...

schulzzz's picture

welcome pipa

given their limited range and obvious palatability it's amazing that the Cape Barren Goose does still exist outside fauna reserves.  i wonder why?  i think i remember reading something about them breeding on offshore islands (as distinct from inshore islands?). that would have to help.

schulzzz, toolamba, vic

Woko's picture

What a magnificent trigger to your involvement in Birds in Backyards, pippa. Welcome!

Some SA offshore islands support breeding Cape Barren Geese & after breeding flocks migrate to pasture land on the shores of Lake Alexandrina. At one stage they were heading for extinction but they've made a good comeback.   

By the way, we know where the geese are but where is Cape Barren?

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Cape Barren is a small island, part of the Furneaux Group, of which Flinders island is the largest, situated on the North East corner of Tasmania in Bass Strait. Cape Barren Island is between Flinders Island and Mainland Tasmania. Also not far away is Chapel Island, which is renown for it's Seasonal Short Tailed Shearwater (known locally as Mutton Birds). Chapel also supports a large population of very large and fat Tiger Snakes, they only feed twice a year apparently ( guess what they eat?)

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Woko's picture

Thanks for the local knowledge, Dale.

Teresa Skerratt
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welcome to the world of diversea  group of people  as the creatures we enjoy, adore and strive to protect ...happy watching,,



Teresa Skerratt

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Like Pippa, I also signed up to this wonderful site after seeing 2 Cape Barren Geese right next to the Peninsula Link, on Mornington Peninsula. They were close enough to the road that I could identify them as I went whizzing by at almost 100kmph... They seemed oblivious to the traffic. Not sure exactly where, but I think in Mooraduc, as it was near the end of the Link. I will kepp my eyes out next time I travel that way. I was very surprised to see them there. I wonder if they are the same pair Pip saw? Not that far from Baxter...

Qyn's picture

I have seen them there a couple of times now - they are quite large and seem to be feeding/drinking from the water pools at the bottom of the embankments! I worry about them when I see them so close to the road but hopefully they have "freeway sense".

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Great to see all the birds being photographed in the Tootgarook Wetlands. Check it out on Facebook!

I have also seen a pair of beautiful Wedge tail eagles soaring above the Hastings-Flinders Road near Balnarring this morning. Hopefully thriving on the rabbits everywhere.

Araminta's picture

Hi pippa, I'm also friends with Tootgarook Wetlands on FB. Great group of dedicated people.


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welcome  pippa

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