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Magpie Goslings led/sent to pasture

(Anseranas semipalmata)
Alternate name(s): "Pied Goose", "Black-and-white Goose", "Semi-palmated Goose", "Wild Goose"
Aboriginal name(s): "muldrie"

Size: 75-100 cm (male), 70-80 cm (female); wing span 1.5-1.6 m
Weight: 3 kg (average)

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We have observed mother Magpie Geese do something that struck us as quite unusual - they either sent or accompanied their chicks out onto open grassland for grazing.

Leading goslings out to pasture

Mum Magpie Goose demonstrating how one harvests grass on a lawn (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Lake Orr, Robina, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2015]

Yes, right there one finds the youngest shoots (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Lake Orr, Robina, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2015]

This is the best stuff - you bend your head under water and then pull those up - yummy! (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Lake Orr, Robina, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2015]

Let's go - this photographer is getting just a bit too nosy (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Lake Orr, Robina, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2015]

Sending goslings out to pasture

First a sentry checked out whether the area was secure; at the time the other mother geese and the goslings were still hiding in tall reeds; note the presence of other birds going about their business of feeding undisturbed
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

When the sentry had declared the area safe, the three chicks were sent out to graze; no adult goose went with them
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

When a pedestrian approached on a nearby walking trail, the sentry called the chicks back to the water...
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

... before everybody disappeared into the reeds - and thereby safety - again
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

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