Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Species
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus). Adult. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on August 1st 2017.
Adult. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on August 1st 2017.
(1/200th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus). Juvenile. Taken at Kew Gardens on July 14th 2009.
Juvenile. Taken at Kew Gardens on July 14th 2009.
(1/320th sec at f4. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 63 - 73 cm

Related to the Shelduck, this pale brown and grey goose has distinctive dark brown eye-patches and contrasting white wing patches in flight. It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species in the 19th century and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state.

It is mostly found in eastern England. There are around 700 breeding pairs here. It can also be found in Holland and France.

It is often found in parkland with rivers, lakes or marshes. Flooded gravel pits are also favoured.

This species is not on the UK list as it is an introduced species.

Sightings

12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (100+)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (5)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
12-Oct-2017 : Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk (6)
11-Oct-2017 : Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk (20+)
14-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
28-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
16-Jan-2016 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (3)
09-Jan-2016 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)

22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk (1)