Peaking wild geese at the Old Lake

We had an incredibly cold morning. The thermometer showed -16°C (3.2°F). Most of the lake’s surface had been frozen making the waterbirds crowded in a small ice-free area. My target was to enjoy watching the wild geese and find some interesting birds in the flocks. I made just a rough estimation on the number of geese which spent the night on the lake. There was about 29,000 geese and a few hundred ducks, mainly Mallards.


Geese were resting on the ice of Old Lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

As the huge flock of geese were disturbed by unknown reason several times they moved away from the water to the icy center of the lake. Most of the birds landed just a hundred meters away from the observation tower allowing us to watch them one by one.


It was incredible to listen and watch the birds when flushed up. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Despite the fact that most of the bird was asleep I could spot 6 Red-brested Geese and 5 Barnacle Geese among the mixed flock of geese. The flock contained about 22,000 Greater White-fronted Geese and 7,000 Tundra Bean Geese. I found a color neck ringed Greater White-fronted Goose but unfortunately I could not read the fist letter of the code as it was sleeping all the time.