Magpie Geese?

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Ashley Anderson's picture
Magpie Geese?

Hi all, Is it possible for Magpie Geese to visit Bibra Lake (Southern Perth Suburb)?

Twice in last few days have sighted 4-5 Large Black and White Birds, Smaller and more agile than Black Swans, Larger than the usual Ducks.

Consulting my field guide, seems to be the only option for what I saw. Any other suggestions?

Only photo that was even semi legible (mobile phone camera);

pacman's picture

a Magpie Goose in WA would be well out of range

your bird does not appear to be a MG - no long black neck, black on leading edge of wing whereas MG has black on trailing edge

I am havng difficulty making an alternate suggestion from your pic


Ashley Anderson's picture

Agreed Peter. Was just looking for possible options.

The picture is poor, but my eyesight is not. It wasn't a Black Swan, the white wing tips make them easy to identify in flight.

Shelduck is most likely, though I am familiar with them, and these seemed larger.

A mystery until I am able to get the Binoculars on them (if they show up again).


Azza210328's picture

Not a Cape Barren goose?

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