|Brent Geese (Branta bernicla)|
Black Brant with Brent flock, 300 Wigeon and 11 Goldeneye kilnsea wetland #spurnbirds— Spurn Bird Obs (@spurnbirdobs) February 19, 2016
It was a tricky thing to get photos of as the birds were doing what they do, feeding, swimming about and flying off quite often. I didn't work out what kept disturbing them. I looked back through my photos and I did manage to get a reasonable shot of it.
So, what did I found out about not only the Black Brant, but Brent Geese in general?
|The Black Brant - centre of picture|
- Well, firstly, there seems to be about 560,000 Brent Geese worldwide, while there are only 115,000 Black Brants.
- I'm not 100% sure how many Black Brants there are in the UK, but there are about 100,000 of the normal Brent Geese.
- The Black Brant is basically a subspecies of Brent Goose, sometimes called the Pacific Brent Goose.
- Black Brants usually live in Alaska where they breed and move to Baja, California for the Winter. They are a scarce visitor to the UK
- The Brent Goose is an Amber Status bird in the UK, but is doing better in Europe and Globally.
- They almost became extinct in the 1930's because there main food source 'Eelgrass' became almost extinct, too, with disease.
|There were quite a few at Kilnsea|
- Nowadays, Brent Geese have moved a bit inland to find their food, looking for agricultural land for other grasses and winter-cereals.
- They are found, only Wintering on the Coasts of North, East and South England as well as most of Ireland's coast too.
- It's about 60cm long with a wingspan of 115cm, with both Male and Female birds weighing quite a hefty 1.5 kilograms!
- They do seem to be declining, though, for example, the Black Brant alone has declined from about 200,000 to what it is now.
- This is because of reasons such as hunting, foxes and diseases. In fact, of 6 fitted with radio tags in 2002, only one survived because of these pressures. One was found in the larder of an Inuit hunter.
- They first breed at 2 years, and usually die 9 years later, at 11. My age! :-( The oldest was 28 years, 2 months and 12 days!
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,