This is quite the aesthetic:
@JubalBarca it really is.
@GwenfarsGarden The chicks meanwhile aren't quite there yet :) They were tiny little ducklings when I first got here, they're at the scruffy (but still fluffy) adolescent stage now!
@JubalBarca awww so cute. I bet they'll be adults in no time
In fairness to them, Egyptian Geese are actually ducks; one of those odd taxonomic throwovers!
But yes - I find city ducks/geese are far more relaxed around humans than I was used to growing up in the countryside. Most geese in East Anglia seem to shuffle away complainingly rather than accost humans. (Swans are another matter...)
@Isocelesisopod @JubalBarca @GwenfarsGarden Feral sort of implies they are descended from domesticated animals. I don't know that that's true for any of these we've been showing. So technically I suppose they're wild. It just sounds really peculiar to call urban pigeons or seagulls "wild", and many of these critters are in the same category.
@anne @JubalBarca @GwenfarsGarden oh I see!
Although to be technical, pidgeons are feral, not wild. They are the descendents of domestic doves that were formerly pets and livestock. Seagulls on the other hand are wild, they just developed a smaller flight distance to be more able to live among humans.
@Isocelesisopod @anne @GwenfarsGarden So Greylag geese, which I think is the species Anne posted, are properly wild; they're native and have never been domesticated. Egyptian Geese on the other hand are escapes, technically - they're not feral in the true sense in that they were never domesticated, but all the ones in Europe are there as escapes from wildfowl collections/zoos (quite a long time ago now - they've probably been breeding in Europe for a good two centuries).
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