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Old Saturday 2nd February 2008, 10:45   #1
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Bean goose ID (uk)

The following was one of three similar birds at Welney yesterday. Reports on bird guides said there were three Tundra bean geese there. Is this one of them?

Looks more "Taiga" to me, but...
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Old Saturday 2nd February 2008, 11:04   #2
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judging by the amount of orange on the beak, i'd guess taiga
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Taiga to me too
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Went to see the three Beans last Sunday and was struck by the amount of orange on the bill of one of them-good to see someone got a few decent images.
I do not think though that it a Taiga, as it was similar in structure to the other two. All had rather short necks and short bills-very much like Pinkfeet, whereas Taiga should have a much longer neck and bill, which to some degree remind me of Whooper Swan.
I believe that bill colour is too variable between the two forms to allow reliable identification.
Some of the Tundras in this gallery have a lot of orange- http://www.pbase.com/ianfulton/beangoose
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Yeah for me the structure of the bird (short neck, triangular bill, stocky appearance) appears to make it a Tundra Bean.

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Unfortunately the other two geese didn't move and had their heads tucked in. On birdguides they have been reported as Tundra for the last month or so, but the amount of orange on the bills was what made me wonder if they really are Tundra.

Seems that there can be quite an "overlap" with bill size and colour.
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This is a Tundra Bean Goose on structure alone. Bill colour is variable as has been said.
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Old Saturday 2nd February 2008, 18:45   #8
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Tundra

the orange is variable - as I see one or two others have noted already!
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