Apr 042022

A rare Red-breasted Goose had arrived in Norfolk with a flock of Dark-bellied Brent Geese. It was regularly frequenting the area around Cley, Blakeney and Salthouse, so we decided to head over and spend a couple of nights in early February 2022, giving me more than ample opportunity to get some photos of this stunning goose.

A visitor from eastern Europe, the Red-breasted Goose breeds in small colonies on the arctic tundra. It mainly winters in Romania and Bulgaria, where flocks of several thousand can gather. I managed to see this spectacle in January 2018 when I made a short trip to the Black Sea area in Bulgaria.

Often the odd straggler will get mixed up in a party of Brent Geese or White-fronted Geese that are making their journey to Britain to spend the winter.

Can you spot it?

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