Lesser & Greater White-fronted Geese, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

by Arpit Deomurari
Arpit Deomurari
Greater (left) & Lesser White-fronted Geese

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

This is the first photographic record for both these species from Gujarat. The birds were first seen at the fringe of Lesser Rann of Kutch at Nawa Talav wetland on 23rd December 2013.

Birders recently spotted two Lesser White-fronted and four Greater White-fronted Geese in the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK), Gujarat. Both are rarities and seldom seen in the Indian subcontinent. They are long distance migrants.

The Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) breeds across the tundra from Nunavut to Siberia, across Russia, and in Greenland. The Greater White-fronted Goose has one of the largest ranges of any geese species in the world.

The Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) is listed as Vulnerable because of a rapid population reduction in its key breeding population in Russia, and equivalent declines are predicted to continue.

This is the first photographic record for both these species from Gujarat. The birds were first seen at the fringe of Lesser Rann of Kutch at Nawa Talav wetland on 23rd December 2013.

About the author

Arpit Deomurari

Arpit is a GIS and remote sensing expert at the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES). He is an expert on the birds of Gujarat and an accomplished wildlife photographer as well.



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