I'm not sure I'm actually allowed to ask for an ID for a not-in-the-UK bird, but here goes. I was in the Danube Delta in August and took this photo. Can anyone ID the geese? They look like Pink-footed to me, but I don't think they are found in that area. Are they Greylags?
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Marie C said:I'm not sure I'm actually allowed to ask for an ID for a not-in-the-UK bird,
Of course you are, Marie. You can ask for an ID from anywhere. Whether we can answer it is another matter. LOL
I've been to the Danube Delta but never seen any geese there although it was in May. I can see why you thought they look like Pink-feet but as you say they shouldn't be there. As far as I'm aware they winter in northern Europe so don't migrate as far south as the lower Danube. On the Avibase for Romania they are shown as vagrants.
Looking at the one goose not asleep the bill looks too large for a Pink-foot so I suspect it and the others are probably Greylags. I think they do breed and winter around the Black Sea.
One of our members (Paul A) who lives in Scotland is much more familiar with geese than I am so may be able to give you a better opinion.
Nice to see the White Pelicans btw
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I also agree with all that's been said, most probably Greylags.
A comparison shot of Pink-footed (left) and Greylag (right)
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