These are Egyptian Geese. The only reason I know this is because I spotted them on the golf course around Christmas when I was working on another post. I snapped this photo and sent it to Steve Malowski, “Lead Cheese in Charge” at the Cincinnati Zoo Bird House:
Naturally he knew right off what they were; Egyptian Geese. There was a pair out at the golf course that had flocked up with some muscovy ducks and some egrets. It got REALLY cold down here in Florida in December and January, so I bought a 50 pound bag of cracked corn for some extra calories to help them through the cold snap. They seemed appreciative.
Yesterday, I was messing around with some dishes and getting a list together to make bean mix for my Greys when I heard this God-awful commotion coming from outside my porch. There they were: five floors up hanging out on the railing directly outside of my porch screen door. I grabbed my camera, some bread and seed and started feeding and shooting:
You wouldn’t believe the honking and fussing going on. Good God! Such a ruckus! And they certainly weren’t very afraid of me. I actually hand fed them a few morsels.
It was so much fun having them visit.
I hope they come back. I love their colors and the fuss they were kicking up. They were fun!
Patricia Sund is a Free-Lance Writer residing in Florida with her three African Greys. She has been published in About.com, Bird Talk Magazine, Birds USA, In Your Flock Magazine, Good Bird Magazine as well as numerous websites and newsletters. She is currently doing research for a book titled "Parrot Nation".