Whistling-duck, Goose, and Swan Photos © Bill Schmoker

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Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Laguna Atascosa NWR, Texas, 4/04.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, S. Padre Island, Texas, 4/04.

Fulvous Whistling-Duck gallery

Greater White-fronted Goose gallery

Snow Geese Pictures

Ross's Goose, Larimer County, 10/06.

Ross's Goose (center), with Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, 11/05.

Ross's Geese (smaller, shorter-necked birds) with two Snow Geese in flight, Bosque del Apache NWR, NM, 11/04.

Probable hybrid Ross's x Snow Goose, Wray, Colorado. (Note small grin patch, intermediate-shaped bill, etc.)

Probable hybrid Ross's x Snow Goose Goose, Wray, Colorado. (Note small grin patch, intermediate-shaped bill, etc.)

Cackling/Canada Goose Split! (Click for photos)

*Cackling Goose is split from Canada Goose in the 45th Supplement to the AOU Checklist.

a. Cackling Goose (Anser hutchinsii) [the small forms] includes the former Canada Goose subspecies hutchinsii [Richardson's], asiatica [Bering-extinct?], leucopareia [Aleutian], taverneri [part of the Lesser
complex], and minima.
b. Canada Goose (Anser canadensis) now includes the subspecies canadensis [Atlantic], interior [Interior], maxima [Giant], moffitti [Moffit's], parvipes [the other part of the Lesser complex], fulva [Vancouver], and occidentalis [Dusky].

Link here for Angus Wilson's description of Cackling/Canada Goose subspecies.

Link here for David Sibley's ID tips for the various Cackling/Canada Goose forms.

Atlantic Brant, Cape May, NJ, 5/06.

Black Brant photo gallery

Mute Swans, Cape May, NJ, 5/06.

Mute Swan (captive), Wray, Colorado, 4/6/02.

This pose is beautiful, but extremely aggressive. The swan didn't like me getting close and down low near the bank, and after snapping this shot I backed off in a hurry to avoid a pummeling!

 

Trumpeter and Tundra Swans can be difficult to separate in the field when seen alone, distantly, or under other difficult circumstances. For some excellent ID tips, see David Sibley's swan ID notes.

Trumpeter Swan Gallery

Tundra Swan Gallery

All photographs copyrighted by the author. Publication-quality 300dpi versions and prints of many of the images contained in this web site are available- inquiries welcomed- email bill@schmoker.org