Egyptian Geese In Daytona Beach?

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I went out to feed the Pelican Bay critters when I arrived at work on Wednesday and was greeted by an old friend, the Great Blue Heron.

She looked a bit frazzled and hungry. She nailed two fish rather quickly, but my camera was in the office.

 

 

I looked across the water and saw two ducks swimming my way, at first I thought they were young Muscovy's, but as they got closer I realized they were too pretty.

 

 

 

 

They came right out of the water, walked around me, then stood behind me looking up towards me like a puppy begging for food. I handed one a cracker and he took it from me, gently. The smaller one was a bit more shy and wouldn't come up to me, I just tossed crackers her way.

Meanwhile the Red-winged blackbirds are flying around in a craze, they don't like all these birds around their tree. I felt like I was in a nature movie.

 

I went inside and grabbed my camera, these duck like creatures were beautiful, I wanted photos. I went back out with the camera and they came running towards me, again like a puppy. I think the camera scared them, when I raised it to my face, they both stopped. It was cute.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made friends again quickly though, I was able to hand feed both creatures by the time our photo session was over. I was just taken by their colors and gentleness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I noticed they didn't look like a typical duck, small bills & longer legs then ducks. Everyone at the office commented on how pretty they are, but no one knows what type of water foul they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning I was looking at some archives of footage from a watering hole in Africa and there, in living color was my mysterious duck! An Egyptian Goose. I thought, no way, that's in Africa, that can't be the same animal.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve and I researched the Egyptian Goose, we found photos, yep I took photos of Egyptian Geese! We also learned they aren't even supposed to be in the United States, (except a few at zoos), let alone Daytona Beach. Some in California seemed to have escaped captivity and live on a pond. Two were spotted in New Jersey. These birds are from Africa and also reside in England.

What are these two lovely geese doing so far away from home? How did they end up at Pelican Bay in Daytona Beach, Florida? I'll never know the answer, but I am so glad I got to meet and photograph them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Miguel, Wow, that would be so neat to see, 10 of them! Did you take photos? I have a feeling they like to "visit" then go back to their "home". I've not seen mine since I posted this blog, and have a feeling they are back home. After all, they were getting free food from me and they never came back. I wish they would tho..
Thanks for stopping by and telling me your story!
Sep 22, 2007 11:48 PM #28
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Steve Temple

There is a pair hanging around Tuscawilla park in Ocala for the last couple of weeks.  I wonder if they were the ones from Daytona?  They are beautiful and seem unafraid.  There is a feedmill across the pond where they hang around and feed with all kinds of ducks.

Dec 19, 2007 01:32 AM #29
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Shelly & ellen
There are two at Hunters Run in Boyton off cCongress. I also got alot of pictures. I was visiting from Chicago, Had a hard time trying to identify them. The pair appears to be female & male are two very vocal birds. with a very unusual and distinctive call. They are very exciting because they are so unusual
Feb 01, 2008 10:59 AM #30
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egyptian goose

Hello Lysa

 

I have 4 in my backyard in Miramar Florida. Thanks to you now I now what they are 

Mar 20, 2008 10:35 AM #31
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Lee White

Lysa,

We had a pair of them show up in the lake at our apartment complex in Melbourne last week.  They appear to the spreading across the state!

May 15, 2008 06:47 AM #32
Rainer
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Patty Hill, BIC
Local Homes and Land, Inc - Summerville, SC
Local Homes and Land, Inc

Beautiful photos, the colors in the feathers are so vivid.  Thanks for sharing!

May 15, 2008 09:05 AM #33
Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

To everyone who's come by and commented!! Wow, we have a lot of sightings here in FL! I've got a new one also and I think I'll do a new post with new pictures! Keep an eye out! Thank you all!!

May 16, 2008 03:13 AM #34
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Shawn Finn

Coconut Creek, FL...A few months ago, 2 Egyptian Geese were living in the lake in back of my condo.  Now we have 10 and it looks like they are here to stay because my neighbor feeds them.  They are beautiful but very noisy!

May 19, 2008 12:37 PM #35
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Elaine Pan

I saw one last year in New Braunfels, Texas. It was amazing. I wondered if the bird was already settled down in U.S.  

Dec 01, 2008 09:18 AM #36
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DeFeild McNeil

In miami Fl at Doral golf course,we have about 20 of these egyptian geese, I have been here for 18 yrs. and this yrs. is the sighting

Jan 28, 2009 08:43 AM #37
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Dan Miller

The population of feral Egyptian geese in Florida is growing rapidly.  Two years ago we had a total of six adults and three young on the golf course outside my balcony in Pompano Beach, Fl, just north of Fort Lauderdale.  This spring there were 15 - a pair, a trio, and a pair with eight offspring who must have been born last year because they were nearly full sized.  Last night, there were 23 of the Egyptian Geese on the golf course, and right now (mid-afternoon on July 25, 2009), there are 40 of them!  Some of them may have been born this year; they are too far away for me to see their coloring clearly.  But they are not small, they are nearly full grown but perhaps mostly tan and brown and not yet with the dramatic dark brown, white, and black feathers.  They are not at all afraid of golfers and golf carts, which drive right past them.  They are in the rough, eating away and very sociable.  There is no fighting, no honking, no attacking others.  They walk around slowly, grazing, and intermingle with various groups.  It is an incredible sight.

July 25, 2009

Jul 25, 2009 07:11 AM #38
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Nancy

Some were spotted this in the last week on a pond about 40 miles from Yosemite National Park in

Mariposa, California.   Article and pictures can be seen at Sierra Sun Times website www.goldrushcam.com

Oct 25, 2009 02:44 PM #39
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Dan Miller

Dudley and Irma, the pair of Egyptian Geese on our golf course in Pompano Beach,  FL, produced six goslings on January 31, 2010.  On February 1, thery took them out for a walk on the course and the next day for a swim.  At seven weeks they were almost the size of their parents.  On the eighth week birthday, the parents gave them their first flight lesson.  At ten weeks they can easily and gracefully fly all the way across the golf course.  This morning they came up out of the canal to greet me and were very friendly.  I suspect people are feeding them, because they show no fear of humans.  The whole family of eight came up to within three feet of me.  The parents and the largest of the offsring show the black chest marking, but the smaller five goslings do not yet show it.  The youngsters have  become fairly indepedent and no longer stay within a couple of fee of the parents.  They are a beautiful group of eight geese.

There are many Egyptian Geese in South Florida, and there are frequently visiting geese on the golf course.

Apr 17, 2010 03:41 AM #40
Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

I'm amazed I'm still getting comments on this post. They are incredibly beautiful and sweet. Thanks for sharing all of your stories with me! I love reading them. I don't get on this site often, sorry was so slow to respond!

Apr 19, 2010 05:36 AM #41
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Nicole Ramirez

love your egyptian goose....... i was in homestead florida and there are a pair of thes delights at an apartment complex having fun in the ponds all over the complex which is at least 1 square mile!

nicole ramirez

www.photography-by-nicole.net

Apr 26, 2010 10:25 AM #42
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David in Deerfield Beach, FL
We have a larde population, more than 20 birds, I'd Deer Creek development. Docile and sociable. Have seen them in Hollywood, FL, too. 2010.
Jun 12, 2010 01:14 AM #43
Anonymous
Delray Beach

We have 25 Egyptian Geese in our backyard every morning.

Nov 19, 2010 12:20 AM #44
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Joseph

I too live in  Delray, Florida and the place is called Country Lake this last two weeks I have seem about 30-50 of these guys in your man made lake.VERY noisy and will keep you up at all night

Oct 01, 2011 11:51 PM #45
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rose

We also have egyptian geese in the canal behind my home. We live in Sunrise, fl. And too, they are very friendly. Like someone's pets. Rose

Jan 16, 2012 04:21 PM #46
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Laurie

We have 2 living in my yard for the past few weeks......beautiful....I feel so lucky to have been some of the few in the U.S. have have the privilege of seeing the beautiful creatures.

 

All I remember thinking is that wow, what is that bird....one I had definitely never had the pleasure of seeing and I was born in Miami, Florida and have lived in South Florida for the past 51 years.  I knew the bird had to be rare, when a neighbor told me she found out they were Egyptian geese.

 

I can not believe a man in California actually shot one....though he said he did not realize what it was until he shot it.

Common sense should tell a hunter that if you see a bird you have not seen before and do not recognize, chances are they are rare here in the States and common sense should tells these hunters not to go around shooting something they have never seen before.

 

Thank you God, for letting me see this beautiful creature!  I feel privileged

May 30, 2012 08:28 AM #47
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