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Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis), Northern Friesland

Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis), Northern Friesland

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Uploaded 13 Dec 2010 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2010
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The Barnacle Goose Winters in Northern Europe and breeds mostly in the Arctic islands of the North Atlantic. They tend to nest high up on cliff faces or hills near wetlands and marshes, using the same nests year after year. The nests sit high up, away from predators like the Arctic Fox or Polar Bear, but also away from food. The youngsters, unable to fly, jump from the cliff face in order to get to food sources below and often fall to their deaths on the rocks below. The barnacle Goose is co ...
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