The Spur-Winged Goose


I took this shot of a Spur-Winged Goose at the Umgeni Bird Park. I was able to get pretty close.The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies to this bird. Beautiful, robust and very strong.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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10 Responses to The Spur-Winged Goose

  1. Hudson Howl says:

    Great looking robust bird, a great photograph as well. Not sure if looks are deceiving, but he does have a bit of a junkyard dog look about him, similar Muscovy ducks one would see on farms here. Looking tough helps a goose survive.


    • Don says:

      This guy looks good, Calvin. Some of them can look very “junkyardish.” I know what you mean by Muscovy ducks. I wanted to ask you, How old is Alvira? or is that a secret.


  2. nrhatch says:

    He looks like he could handle himself in a crowd! Thanks for the share.


  3. A beautiful goose, the like of which I have never seen.


  4. This is a delightful education for me, Don. I’d never seen a Spur-Winged Goose, but this is beauty. In profile, he seems to be wearing a bandit-type mask, ready for a rumble!!!


  5. This is certainly one robust-looking beauty! Thanks for sharing about this amazing goose Don. And your updated blog looks absolutely gorgeous! Awesome choice. Cheers, Gina 🙂


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