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Egyptian Goose (gosling) ~ Nilgans (Dunenküken) ~ Alopochen aegyptiacus

2014 © Jesse Alveo

“Why do birds suddenly appear?” ~ The Carpenters

Spent a fantastic afternoon with big city birds - pigeons, geese, ducks and a crow. The nine Egyptian Goose goslings, only a few days old and extremely early heralds of spring, were especially delightful to watch. Just look at their pretty grey-brown eyes that will change to a bright orange when they have reached adulthood. I spotted them and their parents wandering around a small lake in the city in the middle of the night and came back the next day (a sunny day, hehe) for a photo shoot. :-)

I live in South Florida and I’ve never seen ducks like these around. Found in a park in Miami. If you could tell me a bit about them I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

Those are Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca) a species of shelduck that is native to North Africa. Most individuals seen in the US are escapees from private waterfowl collections, but recently the ABA has recognized a population in southeastern Florida (Palm Beach, Martin and neighboring counties) as established ferals making them countable there.  

Egyptian Goose (gosling) ~ Nilgans (Dunenküken) ~ Alopochen aegyptiacus

So much fuzziness. :-) I actually wanted to go back but feared that not all of the 9 goslings might have survived … I hope they did, though. They must be huge by now. :-)

2014 © Jesse Alveo