Egyptian Geese can usually expect 5-9 eggs in a typical brood, so fifteen is way over the mark, my only theory is this is two broods together…some kind of adoption…but there were only two adults watching over the chicks….so I really don’t know…
Apparently long-tailed tits will feed another brood of chicks if they lose their own brood…so there are fragments of compassion in nature too…but to add that as possible evidence for my theory is probably a bit out there….I just can’t imagine a goose sitting on 15 (possibly more) eggs…can you?
How wonderful to see this Egyptian Goose in the wild (with her young). They have such vivid feather markings and eyes.
I’ve only ever seen just the one wandering around my local zoo all on it’s own and looking very lonely. It’s not caged or enclosed in any way, so I wonder how it got to walk around our zoo.
August 16, 2013 at 8:57 am
Thank you Vicki! ☺ Maybe the zoo has clipped the gooses’ wings…or maybe they have rescued the goose….
August 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm