Fortunately it was possible to get a little closer approaching from the East of the river and using the railway line for cover. The birds were still distant but visibility had improved and pictures were possible.
|With Greylag Geese for size comparison|
The sun came out midday. Not what I was expecting or what any of the forecasts had predicted. Rather than heading off home I decided to walk along the river bank to see what was about. Plenty of birds and one big suprise when what looked like a blow up toy came floating down the river along with some Canada Geese.
|Canada Geese and a Bar-headed Goose|
A Bar-headed Goose, I have seen reports about it in other parts of Sussex but it still comes as a shock when you see it. Everything about the bird looks wrong, even the way it sits in the water.
It is a Central Asian high altitude species so this is most likely an escaped feral bird and is not recognised on the British list.
|Looking more lifelike|
A little later I spotted another escapee but this one has been around as a species for a couple of hundred years and is recognised on the British List.
To cap a good afternoon a skein* of geese flew over and landed in the river in front of me and in the middle of them were the two Bean Geese I had been stalking all morning. I thought I was going to get some good shots but by the time I had moved out from behind the reeds and got the camera focused they had taken fright and were airborne again.
|My picture flying away|
Another day of low expectations and good results. I just wish someone could get the weather forecast right so I could make plans a couple of days ahead.
*(clever word - collective noun for a group of geese in flight)