Record breaker Red-breasted Goose

A short yet very exciting morning has been behind me. At 6AM I joined my friends for birding at the Old Lake of Tata (Hungary). Though it is the end of November we had a pleasant and mild weather this morning. The water level is perfect as it should be at this time of the year. This ensures an ideal and safe environment for the wintering geese. Today we counted about 25,000 wild geese.

This is the usual picture from the observation tower in every winter. Greater White-fronted and Tundra Bean Geese with an adult Lesser White-fronted Goose somewhere in the mass. Can you find it? iPhone digiscoped by Daniel Szimuly

This is the usual picture from the observation tower in every winter. Greater White-fronted and Tundra Bean Geese with an adult Lesser White-fronted Goose somewhere in the mass. Can you find it? iPhone digiscoped by Daniel Szimuly

The Red-breasted Goose flock among the Greater White-fronted and Tundra Bean Goose mix. Digiscoped by Máté Szabó

The Red-breasted Goose flock among the Greater White-fronted and Tundra Bean Goose mix. Digiscoped by Máté Szabó

Another part of the Red-breasted Goose flock. Digiscoped by Máté Szabó

Another part of the Red-breasted Goose flock. Digiscoped by Máté Szabó

Species without numbers:
Great Crested Grebe
Great Cormorant
Greater White-fronted Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
Greylag Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose 1 ad.
Red-breasted Goose 33
Mallard
Eurasian Teal
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Common Pochard
Grey Heron
Great White Egret
Black-headed Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Mew Gull
Black Woodpecker
Rook
Hooded Crow
European Nuthatch

The number of Red-breasted Geese broke every record here. We have never counted as many of this gorgeous goose species as today. The previous record was 24 on the Old Lake.

We also managed to read the code of a neck ring on a Greater White-fronted Goose. The black ring with white characters are as follows: 7NK. This bird has a nice migration history which is worth another blog post.

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