GREYLAG GOOSE

GREYLAG GOOSE (Anser anser) – (See images below)
Feral geese in New Zealand are actually Greylag geese.

The English name ‘Goose’ would have different origins, such as Dutch and German ‘Gans’, Old Norse ‘Gas’, even Spanish ‘Ganso’. Then this would relate the name to Latin ‘anser’ for ‘goose’.

That species of goose is the ancestor of the domesticated goose. This is also the bird that Austrian scientist Konrad Lorenz used for his studies on ‘imprinting’. According to www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz, the Greylag goose was the first bird introduced to New Zealand, not just for food but also to control weeds.

Feral Greylag geese & red-billed gull - Kaikoura, NZ
Feral Greylag geese & red-billed gull – Kaikoura, NZ
Feral Greylag goose - photographer getting too close for comfort - Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag goose – photographer getting too close for comfort – Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral female Greylag geese on a peaceful piece of water - Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral female Greylag geese on a peaceful piece of water – Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral male and female Greylag geese on the shore - Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral male and female Greylag geese on the shore – Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag geese on a pond - Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag geese on a pond – Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Female feral Greylag goose looking warily at the photographer - Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Female feral Greylag goose looking warily at the photographer – Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag geese & red-billed gull - Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag geese & red-billed gull – Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag geese swimming on a pond - Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag geese swimming on a pond – Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag geese foraging - Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Feral Greylag geese foraging – Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ

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