I was out at Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh yesterday and saw this goose. Is it ahybred Canada/Greylag or could it ave partial albinism (my daughter suggested this as it removed colour from feathers.
This is a hybrid greylag x Canada goose. It's quite a pretty thing if you ask me.
I'm no expert and the only partially albino birds (also called leucistic birds) I've ever seen were Greylags, so they definitely exist. However, I don't think the condition would give it white face markings like that. My view would be that it's more likely to be a hybridised canada goose.
Could be a bit of Greylag,Barnacle and Canada mixed in there,I'm afraid water fowl have a bad habit of getting mixed up.
Thanks Chris. It's a bit of an odd ball, with big pink feet