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Cape Barren Goose

Cape Barren Goose
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Copyright: Recato Eberwein (Recato) (139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.6, 1/120 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-11-24 16:40
Viewed: 3860
Points: 2
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Cape Barren Goose

The Cape Barren goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) is a handsome bird about the same size as a domestic goose. Its plumage is pale grey, with black markings near the tips of its wing feathers and tail. It has pink legs and black feet. Its most striking feature is the bright greenish yellow cere on its short black bill.

Cape Barren geese live mostly on small, windswept and generally uninhabited offshore islands, but venture to adjacent mainland farming areas in search of food in summer. Their ability to drink salt or brackish water allows numbers of geese to remain on offshore islands all year round.

By the 1950s their numbers were so low that biologists feared they may be close to extinction. Various initiatives have been taken which have increased the goose population to a level no longer considered to be in danger. However, they remain one of the rarest of the world's geese.

Cape Barren geese are found along the southern coast of Australia from the islands of the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia, Kangaroo Island and the Sir Joseph Banks Islands of South Australia, the Victorian coastal islands around Wilsons Promontory, and the islands of Bass Strait including the Hogan, Kent, Curtis and Furneaux Groups. A small population is to be found at Cape Portland in Tasmania, and birds have been introduced to Maria Island off Tasmania's southeast coast and the Hunter group of islands off northwest Tasmania.

Source: http://www.dpiwe.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/SJON-5738Q8?open

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To oscarromulus: Obrigado Amigo!Recato 1 11-09 06:26
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Hello Recato,welcome to TN, your bird is a Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) Have a look at this link for a litttle more information about it http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/WR9810147.htm
Hope this is of help in creating some note to acompany your image. TFS

Love your notes; very detailed. I see that you took a lot of care to share this lovely subject with us.
You have a great capture here; BUT, BUT one can see that it is a "jailed" specimen. It is, however, well
focused & presented under the circumstances. In fact
I like it very much. 350 viewers & no comments. Let me see if I can help.
Best regards, Mario.

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