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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Goose Gaffe?

This amazing photo of a greylag goose was taken by wildlife photographer Brian McFarlane in Strumpshaw, Norfolk, England. He said, “I cannot believe how this goose got into such an incredible position. It was a windy day and it was making life difficult for the birds. Some were more expert at controlling their flight while others were tossed around in mid-air."

Turning its body upside might not be as unusual as you think. It's known as whiffling. Geese will sometimes twist themselves into awkward looking positions in order to slow down and reduce their height quickly.

For more on the story, visit the Belfast Telegraph.

1 comment:

E. said...

Wow. Had I seen that first photo in another context, I would have assumed it was photoshopped. How strange.