March 22nd, 2010, 05:05 PM
Hello and help please!
Hi, I've just found this community and hope someone can identify a strange -- to me -- bird I spotted last evening in the Lady Bird Johnson park at Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country. There are various geese that spend the year on the river that flows through this park, and there are numerous "visitors" that wander in from the coastal areas or are in migration. The pair shown below are not on any Texas bird photo index and I have scoured various photo collections online for possible goose or duck images that match. I sent the photo to a friend who thought it was a white-fronted goose but photos of that species do not seem to match what I captured with my camera. I went back this morning for a better shot but this pair was not there. It's not a very good photo but the 300 mm. lens did show the red spot on the breast and the "masked" eyes and yellow/orange feet. I'm hoping someone, somewhere can make the ID. I will appreciate it and keep going back to see if this kind of bird shows up again.
March 22nd, 2010, 05:24 PM
Hi Mark and welcome to Surfbirds Forums.
Would love to help with your ID, but your photo is not there. Could you try uploading it again, please.
EDIT: from your description, it sounds like Egyptian Goose, which is an exotic species from tropical Africa, kept in parks, zoos, etc.
Last edited by HelenB; March 22nd, 2010 at 05:48 PM.
Reason: guess at ID
March 22nd, 2010, 11:06 PM
You were right!
Thanks for the prompt help. For some reason -- being a newbie at this -- my photos didn't upload properly. But your ID was right on the money. I Googled "Egyptian Goose" and came up with quite a few references, including some sightings in Texas. Bill Lindemann in 2003 reported on a pair of them that had been in residence at the Lady Bird Johnson park, but although I have been there often throughout the years, I never saw them. There are many goose and duck varieties there -- local people like to feed them -- but the Egyptian Geese were never among them, including when I spotted them quite a distance away on the river. They were grazing on the river bank, their customary foraging, as I learned from a Wikipedia article on this species.
Again, thanks for your help. I'll try to upload one of my pics again.
March 24th, 2010, 07:41 PM
You're very welcome, glad to help. If you have any more bird IDs, there's a special section for that here: Bird Identifiaction Q&A