Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Canada Goose

The Canada Goose (Scientific name - Branta canadensis) is one of the most common waterfowl in North America. This large goose is easily identifiable by its long black neck and black head with white patches on its face. Although many believe it is Canada's national bird, at the time of writing, it was not, as Canada does not have an official national bird. They are native to North America, but have been found to travel to Northern Europe and have also been introduced into Britain and New Zealand. They migrate South in winter, and travel in large flocks in a distinctive "V" formation.  They are easily distinguishable from the Lesser Canada Goose by their larger size and longer necks.
The Canada Goose is known to mate for life.

The top photo was taken in Vancouver, B.C. in May 2011, the middle photo taken at Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. in July 2013, and the bottom photo was taken in Abbotsford, B.C. in August 2013.

No comments:

Post a Comment