Saturday, March 10, 2007

Snow Goose Grace

Here are a couple of views of white morph Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) taken at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge show off the inherent grace and beauty of this species.

One cool ID factoid to know in order to tell the very similar Snow Geese and Ross's Geese apart is the distinctive black patch on bill edges, the "grinning patch" or "smile" unique to the Snow Geese. The black lipstick-like grin patches are fairly easy to see on these captures. Also Ross's Geese have much smaller/stubbier triangular bills

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