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Goose, Egyptian

Unread post by lam » Tue Oct 18, 2005 9:11 am

The Herald wrote:Geese leave Walmer family bleary eyed

By Guy Rogers

A PAIR of Egyptian geese and eight goslings have ensconced themselves on a swimming pool in a Walmer garden and the parents' round-the-clock honking is driving the owners dilly.

Although Marie and James Robertson of Villiers Road are bird lovers, it's a recurring nightmare. In mid-August the same pair of birds took over the pool with another brood, rendering sleep impossible for the Robertsons, their tenant and their neighbours and repelling all efforts to get them to pipe down.

Eventually a wildlife vet responded to their call for help and an effort was made to catch the whole goose family for re-location to a small-holding. It was a tragi-comic situation, with the fiercely protective parents sniping from all sides and the chicks diving for the bottom of the pool each time a scoop came near them.

The parents eventually had to be left behind but the goslings were removed in the hope that the parents would accept this to be a hostile place, and leave. This has not happened, however, and the pair suddenly appeared with the new flock of goslings.

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Unread post by Stoffel » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:50 pm

Three years ago (17 October 2002) three little Egyptian goslings somehow lost their mother in our neighbourhood. They ended up with us. With lots of patience (and love) we reared all three of them. We even had to take them to the local kennels twice when we went away on weekends. When they were small we've covered them with a blanket in a basket at night. Later we kept them in a bigger cage at night till eventually they were big enough that we did not have to fear the neighbours' cat at night or the genet that caused some havoc amongst another neighbour's pigeons from time to time. As they grew up we recognized one to be a female and the other two males. They started taking their first flying lessons on our back lawn and ended up in the street many times. I was scared of dogs and arranged with the nature conservasionist at Arabella Golf Estate to take them their as they were big enough to look after themselves by then. He collected them at my house and released them at one of the dams on the golf course. But he told me they took off immediately and wondered f the have not flown back to our house. Great was our surprise the next morning when they were back. They then started flying to the lagoon during the day - come back during lunch time for a quick snack - and off again to the lagoon. I was a bit concerned about their safety on the lagoon as it was peak of the holiay season here in Kleinmond with lots of children swimming in the lagoon and the geese being to used to humans. When I went to the lagoon and started callingf them, they would immediately come to me (the one male was very tame and love to be stroked. But as soon as strangers came near they swam deeper.

They left our yard on 11 January 2003 for the last time and never came back again. Egyptian geese was just another bird for me (nothing special) as they are so common in the Western Cape. But since then they have a very special place in our hearts. We had a similar experience with a guinea fowl earlier this year, but that's a story for another time.

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Unread post by leopardspotter » Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:35 pm

Do they call them Egyptian Geese, is it because of there make-up like markings on there face. :D
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Unread post by Jose » Fri Oct 21, 2005 10:56 am

In Dutch they're called Nijlgans. I don't think the English name has to do with markings but is probably more origin related?

Alopochen aegyptiacus is widely distributed throughout its native range, Africa, and southern Europe. It is especially common in southern Africa, below the Sahara and in the Nile Valley. In the 18th century, Alopochen aegyptiacus was introduced into Great Britain, and a substantial population still thrives there today. Currently Alopochen aegyptiacus is colonizing the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.

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Unread post by Jazil » Wed Oct 26, 2005 9:36 pm

Our Gypos are far more grey than DQ's
This is one near our dam here in Swaziland
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Unread post by Candy's Style » Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:21 pm

Other Names
Afrikaans: Kolgans
Scientific: Alopochen aegyptiacus
Dutch: Nijlgans
Zulu: iLongwe

Food: Grass, leaves, seeds, grain, crop seedlings, aquatic rhizomes and tubers.

Habits: Highly gregarious when not breeding otherwise mainly in pairs. Spends much of the day loafing on the shoreline or sandbank. Flies early morning and evening to farmlands and grasslands to graze. They return to the water shoreline or trees afterwards to roost. Large flocks congregate on larger bodies of water to moult.
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Unread post by Muhammad » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:20 pm

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:22 am

I do really enjoy these gregarious and character filled birds.

When I moved to my area it was on the edge of the bush. I could look for miles and see open veld and grasslands. Since then, over a matter of 12 years it has become one of the most built up areas in G'teng. The developments include the biggest entertainment/casino in South Africa. It was built in an area that used to be a habitat for many creatures, including Egyptian Geese.

About 2 years ago, I was off for an early morning run in a neighbouring suburb. The sun was only just starting to rise as I crossed one of the busiest intersections in our area. To my amazement, on the other side of the intersection, a mini early morning traffic jam had built up.
Strolling across the road, was mama, papa and 3 little goslings.
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Unread post by Jock » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:55 pm

These Egyptain Goose and SO visited us every morning, sometimes making way too much noise if ignored.


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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:07 am

Nice photo's Jen! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by JOL » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:15 am

Hi Guys ,

I think Davejenny got it right.



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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Batmad » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:18 am

Agree with Davejenny's answers :thumbs_up:
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Survival school for Egyptian geese?

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:08 pm

Along the road between Olifants and Letaba we had a chance of seeing an Egytian geese teach her chicks how to survive, probably from eagles.

There were a total of 6 chicks in the water and mother would take off, fly a half circle and suddenly dive towards the nearest chick.

Seconds before she landed the chicks would dive deep in the water and swim as fast and far as possible.
Mother would then take off again and do the same thing with all the others.

I have already witnessed something of the sort and is really teaching her chicks to keep an eye out for flying dangers and to save themselves swimming underwater to safety.
Sorry couldn't do any better for the pics, too far away!
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Re: Survival school for Egyptian geese?

Unread post by bert » Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:32 pm

Bit of topic but the best survival for Egyptian Geese is to migrate to The Netherlands
They are in great shape over here, multiply and are stronger and agressiver than the normal dutch bird so rule the country side.

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