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Bean Goose - Sædgås - Anser fabalis
Sädgås - Sædgås - Metsähanhi - Rietgans - Saatgans - Oie des moissons - Ansar Campestre

Winter geese in Hordaland are not a common sight.  Small numbers of "grey" geese turn up in Øygarden each winter - and when they do the chances of them being one of the better species i.e. not greylags is good.  Both Tundra and Taiga forms (and probably a load of stuff in between!) have turned up in Øygarden.

Taiga Bean Geese (fabalis)
Taiga Bean Geese, Breivik, Øygarden, November 2011
(DSLR and 400mm telephoto lens)



Tundra Bean Geese (rossicus)
Above and below: Tundra Bean Geese, Tjeldstø, December 2011
(DSLR and 400mm telephoto lens)

Tundra Bean Geese (rossicus)






Bean Goose, North Sea
MioMigrating Bean Goose, North Sea, November  2011
Large numbers of Bean Geese were seen throughout Europe during November 2011

Two Bean Geese at Tjeldstø during January and February 2006 displayed characterisitcs of the race rossicus i.e. Tundra Bean Goose (tundrasædgås) - the last picture on this page shows a classic example - having a short beak with a small orange patch. The other bird may have been more difficult on its own with more orange on the bill - which also gives the impression of being slightly longer. However, these two bird showed no appreciable difference in size and are thus both likely to be rossicus.



Bean Goose
Digiscoped image, Tjeldstø, 29 January 2006

Bean Goose
Digiscoped image, Tjeldstø, 29 January 2006





 I caught sight of the geese in the two following pictures  as I drove to school to pick up one of my daughters - who then almost missed a dental appointment due to my photographic efforts.

Tundra Bean Goose - a.f. rossicus
Digiscoped image of Tundra Bean Goose, Tjeldstø, 30 January 2006

Tundra Bean Goose - a.f. rossicus
Digiscoped image of Tundra Bean Goose, Tjeldstø, 30 January 2006




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