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Wildfowl of the Lower Rhine region, Germany

Wildfowl of the Lower Rhine

Large wildfowl abound in the Lower Rhine, or Niederrhein, region of Germany — affording lots of scenic vantage points for watching them. The resident year-round goose is Anser anser, the Graugans or graylag goose. Every year tens of thousands of Anser albifrons, the Blaessgans or white-front goose, arrive to spend the winter along the Lower Rhine delta.

The autumn also sees the arrival of flocks of Branta leucopsis, the white-cheeked Nonnengans, the goose of many names, often called barnacle goose by English speakers. Immigrant from Egypt rather than migrant, the feisty Alopochen aegyptiacus, or Nilgans, are sometimes seen in pairs shooing other birds away.

Such territorial squabbling is most common in winter when the water is high and riverside space is more scarce. We also take a look at storks, spoonbills, pheasants, swans and other birds.

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