Pink-footed goose

A pink-footed goose spectacular.

A pink-footed goose spectacular.

A pink-footed goose.

A pink-footed goose.

 

A bean goose.

A bean goose.

The pink-footed goose is a winter visitor to Britain down the east coast.

They are around 63cm long and are one of the smallest goose species.

I have one of their skulls and on the top and bottom edge of the beak it has serrated edges and use it to grind up the grass they graze.  We saw them take of in Snettisham, Norfolk, and thousands of them took of at once!

Their closest relatives are bean geese, and the main difference in the two is the colour of their legs; the bean goose has orange legs and the pink-footy has pink legs.