with Graylag Geese in foreground
unlike Graylags in parks, I think these were wild birds. Very skittish; you could not get within 200 yards of them. 2nd shot shows a few Graylags in front of Mute Swans.
Normally rare inland in Virginia, more than normal were seen in the Piedmont this winter (along with more scoters and Red-necked Grebes).
A surprising bird for us - a loner along the thruway side of the wildlife drive
The Anatidae are the biological family of birds that includes ducks, geese and swans. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, occurring on all the world's continents except Antarctica and on most of the world's islands and island groups. These are birds that are adapted through evolution for swimming, floating on the water surface, and in some cases diving in at least shallow water. (The Magpie Goose is no longer considered to be part of the Anatidae,...