November 8, 2007
Sighting of rare Bar Headed Goose causes a flap at Highbridge
rare goose is causing a flap among local bird watchers after being
spotted at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park this week.
Bar Headed Goose, pictured here, was spotted by Highbridge man
Steve Perks, who sent Burnham-On-Sea.com these photos.
said: "I was walking my dog in the park when I spotted what
appeared to be a very unusual bird."
took several photos of it, and got them checked out by a local
expert who confirmed it was in fact a rare Bar Headed Goose."
birds are generally only seen in Asia, so it's either flown wildly
off course during migration or possibly escaped from a local collection.
It's a remarkable bird," he added.
Bar Headed Goose gets its name from the two distinctive bars of
brownish-black coloured feathers that wrap around the back of
the wild, bar-headed geese breed in Central Asia (Southeast Russia,
Northern India and Western China) and migrate over the Himalayas
to spend winter in India and northern Burma.
not the first time that a rare bird has been spotted at Apex.
Last February, we reported
how a Carolina Wood Duck had been seen there.
Carolina Wood Duck spotted at Highbridge's Apex Park
Park awarded sought-after green flag status
360 degree images of Apex Leisure Park
Apex Leisure and Wildlife