Flight of pink-footed geese by Kevin Woolner 1/10
Pink-footed geese in flight by Elizabeth Dack 2/10
Pink-footed geese at Horsey by Paul Taylor 3/10
Pink-footed geese at Fleggburgh by Paul Taylor 4/10
Pink-footed geese in flight by Nick Appleton 5/10
Pink-footed geese at Weybourne by Julian Thomas 6/10
Pink-footed geese coming in to land by Kevin Woolner 7/10
Pink-footed geese flying by Elizabeth Dack 8/10
Pink-footed geese by Matt Livesey 9/10
Pink-footed goose at Horsey by Paul Taylor 10/10

Pink-footed goose Anser brachyrhynchus

The pink-footed goose is perhaps the defining bird species of north-west Norfolk in winter. It occurs here in cackling flocks of tens of thousands each winter, with further large flocks found in the Thurne Valley in the Broads. Our wintering birds largely breed in Iceland and return to Norfolk each autumn. By early spring they have gone, leaving coastal fields and marshes quiet once more.

Conservation status

The pink-footed goose is included on the amber list for the UK because a globally significant non-breeding population occurs in localised habitats. Norfolk is among the most important areas of the country for this fascinating migrant.

Details

Did you know? Until well into the twentieth century the pink-footed goose was considered a subspecies of the bean goose.

When geese come to land they often lose altitude by banking sharply from side to side. This action is known as whiffling.
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