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One more on the Isle of Wight for ID Help Please. (1 Viewer)

dave derrick

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Photo's taken on Boxing Day by a friend on the Isle of Wight. The white bird was with some Canada Geese and then flew off with them. Help with ID please. Thanks, Dave.
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Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
Looks like a Canada x domestic (Greylag?) goose hybrid imo

(black in tail tips suggests Canada (or branta sp at least) parentage.


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Canada x white domestic (Greylag) hybrid. I've seen a few like this and the pale grey/white patchiness with a few dark flight feathers is very typical of the combination.

I once saw one almost identical to this get viciously attacked by a male Mute Swan, which singled it out from all the Canada geese it was in the middle of on a park boating lake and stormed through in full wings-up display to get to it. I think the similarity of plumage to a juvenile swan at the sort of age that the adults would start to chase them off might have influenced it...

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