A bevy of swans, a gaggle of geese and a raft of ducks!Our usual over-wintering mute swans have gathered at the small patch of open water at Wellington Harbour, and have been begging for handouts! During the summer, you can't get within a hundred yards of them on West Lake, but show up with some corn or peas (no bread, please!) and you can hand-feed them. They are joined by a male trumpeter swan ("Barcovan") who is equally tame. He's easily distinguishable with his "P85" yellow wing tags and black beak. When I was there in early February I was told that there were also some Ross' geese, which are apparently quite rare. They were hidden among the ubiquitous and noisy Canada Geese on the harbour ice.
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