Monday, 29 November 2010

LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

Škocjanski zatok (KP): as I arrived in the nature reserve I was promptly alerted that a juv. *LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE* was present in the freshwater marsh. It was there since Friday (26th), but was firstly thought to be a Greater White-fronted Goose. Today it was re-seen well and consequently re-identified as a Lesser White-fronted by the local reserve wardens (and me).
I quickly spotted it as it was showing quite well, grazing on a grassy "island" in the marsh.

Identifiable as a juvenile Lesser Wf by the prominent yellow eye-ring, no white on forehead (just a small hint around the bill), no black markings on the belly, tiny bill and overall small appearence and long wing-tip (wing projection) extending far beyond the tail (unlike Greater White-fronted).
Unfortunately I didn't have any camera with me so I couldn't take any pics. The only one are those taken with my phone (the wardens took some documentative shots). Tomorrow I'll try to relocated the bird and photograph it well.

It seems to be one of the few records for Slovenia (4th probably) and the first for the Škocjanski zatok nature reserve.

In the freshwater wetland also some waders: 17 Greenshanks, 8 Dunlins, 1 Spotted Redshank, 15 Curlews.