February 18th   Leave a comment

Pale-bellied brent goose eating sea lettuce

There is a pale-bellied brent goose down at Roome Bay, between the Brandyburn and the old swimming pool. It is not particularly shy, which is unusual, and is feeding on the sea lettuce on the flat rocks at the tide edge. This morning, close to the high tide, it was directly below the swings, only 30 meters from the main path and several dog-walkers went by without disturbing it. It eventually flew out to land on the sea when I stopped specifically to look at it, but swam back when I moved on. Bill Alexander has seen it since Wednesday so it is likely to stay in Roome Bay for a bit longer. It’s a rare chance to get a close view of this handsome goose. If you go and see it you might be surprised at how small it is – not much bigger than a large duck.

Posted February 18, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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