Greylag Goose

A very distinctive bird with its pinkish-orange bill and pink legs, the Greylag Goose is a new visitor to Swan Lake, making its first appearance in the Spring of 2021. Grazing on the grass at the front of the lake, they will allow people to get relatively close before returning to the safety of the water should they feel threatened in any way. Described as having a call as a very traditional “honk”, they can often be heard as they fly around the lake networks at Wellington.

Greylag Goose - Swan Lake - 15.03.21 - Kat Dahl

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