3rd March 2013 – Leucistic Barnacle Geese

No sunshine today, in fact it was a fairly gloomy morning on the Solway, but once again the Barnacle Geese were putting on a superb show…


The birds were showing really well but unfortunately I was unable to find the Todd’s amongst them, so I tried to get some images of the leucistic birds instead. There were three in total today, and I managed to get photos of two of them as they came down to the water to drink and bathe.

Bird 1:

Coming down for a drink

Coming down for a drink



Bird 2:





Whilst watching these a noisy flock of 40+ Twite flew over and at least one Little Egret is still knocking about nearby…



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2 Responses to 3rd March 2013 – Leucistic Barnacle Geese

  1. Ian Walker says:

    As always an interesting post. Having just returned from a few days in Dumfries and Galloway we also saw a leucistic Barnacle Goose at Southerness Point. We also recorded what appeared to be Leucism concerning an Oystercatcher at Bishop Burn Loch Ryan, as the bill and feet still looked normal.

  2. Carl Baggott says:

    They are quite smart looking. It seems surprising there are so many. Is Leucism more common amongst Barnies?

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