Extremely Rare African Bird

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Okreb
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They were fathered by the same male dominant bird but from different mothers.

I don't agree with your statement because although they are very quarrelsome and bad-tempered by nature, they form strong pair bonds and are excellent parents. Unless you were writing with tongue in cheek.
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That's very cool!! I have another image of the same guy which I kind of like even better but you can't see his markings as well. Thanks for letting me know the name of that bird.

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Susan G wrote:

That's very cool!! I have another image of the same guy which I kind of like even better but you can't see his markings as well. Thanks for letting me know the name of that bird.

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In case you are interested, I posted a photo of this bird for C&C. You can see the image I posted and the re-post and their comments. Here is the link:

http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/showthread.php?t=58721

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In reply to Okreb, Mar 8, 2010

So crossbreeding is not possible with this bird?

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In reply to Okreb, Mar 8, 2010

wow great shot... looks really strong bird :)))

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So crossbreeding is not possible with this bird?

Crossbreeding is possible but this bird does not appear to be cross bred. It seems devoid of any mutant features. What makes you so sure that this is a cross breed? According to the naturalist in the wetlands here, this is an Egyptian Goose, not a crossbreed.
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Interesting comments! Thanks for the link.
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fatimaS wrote:

wow great shot... looks really strong bird :)))

fatima

Hi Fatima,

Thanks for your comments. Yes, this is a strong bird which is very is also very nasty. It shoos other birds away from its territory and if another bird builds a nest too close, it will destroy the nest and the eggs.
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Extremely Rare and Very Ugly
In reply to Okreb, Mar 9, 2010

The poor thing can't help it of course, but with those fleshy pink legs (almost like rubber boots) and with that ring around the eye, it does not look like a bird you would want to be seen with.

Maybe that is why some migrated from Africa to Florida : just tired of being made fun of.

Anyway, good capture as always, Milt.

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In reply to Okreb, Mar 9, 2010

This bird belongs to shelduck family which is a cross between a goose and a duck. There are 14 subgroups in this family. These group of birds are making a lot of mistakes! But definitely a very interesting bird. Thanks for the pictures.

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Great photo, Milt,
In reply to Okreb, Mar 9, 2010

Hi, Milt,

What an excellent photo of this not altogether beautiful bird. But you have brought out the best of it.
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In reply to RoelHendrickx, Mar 9, 2010

RoelHendrickx wrote:

The poor thing can't help it of course, but with those fleshy pink legs (almost like rubber boots) and with that ring around the eye, it does not look like a bird you would want to be seen with.

Maybe that is why some migrated from Africa to Florida : just tired of being made fun of.

Anyway, good capture as always, Milt.

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Hi Roel,

Thanks for your kind remarks.

This is a very strong, pugnacious and aggressive bird. There are some established Egyptian Goose colonies in Europe; Great Britain, The Netherlands and Germany have some groups.
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In reply to Sharon Engstrom, Mar 10, 2010

Sharon Engstrom wrote:

Hi, Milt,

What an excellent photo of this not altogether beautiful bird. But you have brought out the best of it.
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This bird is one of the worst actors of all the birds in the world. It is mean and tries to lord it over all the birds with which it comes in contact. It is also a very dirty bird. I was told by Collin Baxter of South Africa that you wouldn't want one of these birds to poop on your roof.
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