Greylag Geese, Sheep and a Rabbit
Explored Mar 23, 2011 #96
Latin Name: Anser anser
Taken at a Nature Reserve near Masham, Yorkshire.
The fields behind the far side of this partifular lake were stock fields for sheep, but they shared their grazing with Greylag Geese and Canadian Geese. This was now late afternoon and the "grazers" were beginning to make their way back down to the lake. You can see more Greylags just the other side of the fencing with the sheep, but this was the first one from the field on it's way back to their "slipway" into the lake, having just passed by a grazing rabbit!
The ancestor of most domestic geese, the greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe. In many parts of the UK it has been re-established by releasing birds in suitable areas, but the resulting flocks (often mixed with Canada geese) found around gravel pits, lakes and reservoirs all year round in southern Britain tend to be semi-tame and uninspiring. The native birds and wintering flocks found in Scotland retain the special appeal of truly wild geese.
Taken with my Canon Telephoto Zoom 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM EF Lens and apart from a crop and being framed in Photoshop, is SOOC.