Record # 2010-12
Possible Cackling Goose
Note: Photos A - D by David S. Wheeler
Comments (Photo A): This photo shows how dark the
breasts were of the minimas compared to the Canada geese and three
nominates in the center in front of the Canada goose. Also note how
round the heads are of the minimas (see especially 3rd & 6th minima from
left), and how the head of the right-most nominate cackler is more
blocky. Note how the bills of both ssp of cacklers are minuscule
compared to those of the three Canada geese at right. The three
nominates appear a little larger in this photo relative to the minimas,
but this wasn't very obvious in the field.
Comments (Photo B): More of the same.
Comments (Photo C): This photo, though more washed
out, shows the relative size of the Cackling geese to the Canada geese
when they are walking with necks fully extended. The two races of
cacklers are so similar in size that I am not even sure where they are
in this photo.
Comments (Photo D) :
& Cackling geese walking, with necks less extended (more
relaxed). Again, the photo is washed out due to poor skills of the