Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis

Wild Barnacle Geese are rather scarce in Norfolk but odd birds are usually present among the wintering Pink-footed Geese (such as some of the birds in the first batch of photos below) and small flocks sometimes appear during influxes of geese from the near Continent. Much larger numbers occur in the north of the country of course and there is no better place to see them than at Caerlaverock WWT in south-west Scotland.

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Barnacle Goose, south of Brancaster (Norfolk, UK), 24th November 2004

 

Barnacle Geese, New Holkham - Wells (Norfolk, UK), 2nd December 2006

 

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Barnacle Goose, south of Brancaster (Norfolk, UK), 30th October 2007

 

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Barnacle Goose (with hybrid Barnacle Goose x Cackling Goose and Pink-footed Geese), between Anmer and Shernborne (Norfolk, UK), 12th January 2011

 

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Barnacle Geese, south of Brancaster (Norfolk, UK), 18th December 2008

 

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Barnacle Geese, Anmer (Norfolk, UK), 20th November 2009

 

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Barnacle Geese, Burnham Norton (Norfolk, UK), 13th March 2010

 

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Barnacle Geese, Burnham Norton (Norfolk, UK), 21st December 2010

 

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Barnacle Goose, between Anmer and Shernborne (Norfolk, UK), 10th January 2011

 

Barnacle Goose (with Pink-footed Geese), west of Burnham Market (Norfolk, UK), 8th February 2014

 

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Barnacle Geese (with White-fronted Geese), Holkham (Norfolk, UK), 4th February 2012

 

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Barnacle Geese, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 29th December 2005

 

Barnacle Goose, east of Dersingham (Norfolk, UK), 25th November 2012

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Barnacle Geese, Skinburness (Cumbria, UK), 28th December 2012

 

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Barnacle Geese, south Solway (Cumbria, UK), 28th December 2012

 

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Barnacle Goose, north of Stanhoe (Norfolk, UK), 1st December 2015

 

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Barnacle Goose, between Anmer and Shernborne (Norfolk, UK), 7th January 2011

 

Feral birds

Barnacle Geese are popular in captivity and escapes occur frequently in the UK. These have been breeding in the wild for a number of years but are now establishing a sizeable feral population, especially in eastern East Anglia. Of the individuals shown below, those that were photographed at Minsmere (Suffolk) in 2004 were part of a flock of some 250 birds.

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Barnacle Geese, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 5th April 2014

 

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Barnacle Geese, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 10th May 2008

 

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Barnacle Geese, Holkham Park (Norfolk, UK), 30th June 2008

 

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Barnacle Geese, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th December 2008

 

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Barnacle Geese, Holkham Park (Norfolk, UK), 4th August 2009

 

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Barnacle Goose, Wroxham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 5th February 2011

 

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Barnacle Goose, Wroxham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 17th December 2011

 

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Barnacle Goose, Abberton Reservoir (Essex, UK), 21st August 2004

 

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Barnacle Geese, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 20th September 2004 - the right hand individual shows white flecking throughout the black areas of the head, neck and breast, a form of leucism

 

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Barnacle Goose, Flixton GP (Suffolk, UK), 27th August 2005

 

Barnacle Geese, Holkham Park (Norfolk, UK), 21st July 2006

 

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Barnacle Geese, Holkham Park (Norfolk, UK), 21st July 2006

 

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Barnacle Goose gosling, Holkham Park (Norfolk, UK), 21st July 2006

 

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Barnacle Goose, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 17th March 2009

 

Barnacle Geese, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 11th February 2007

 

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Barnacle Goose, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 29th March 2001. This presumed escape was present on the 'duckpond' at Salthouse for many years - probably seen by more birders than any other Barnacle Goose anywhere in the world!

 

Barnacle Geese, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 24th June 2007

 

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Barnacle Goose, Lackford Lakes (Suffolk, UK), 2nd June 2007

 

Barnacle Goose, Whitlingham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 1st January 2009

 

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Barnacle Goose, Bayfield Lake (Norfolk, UK), 25th January 2014 - one of three birds in a flock of nine with brown feathers in the wing-coverts, flight feathers and breast; these feathers seemed excessively worn so I assume them to be old unmoulted feathers that had faded, rather than some form of pigment deficiency (the brown colours don't show up well in these high-ISO photos)

 

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Barnacle Goose (with Greylag Goose), Coxford (Norfolk, UK), 27th March 2009 (although it looks the same size as the Greylag in this image it's actually quite a bit smaller!)