Egyptian Geese at Tattershall castle
This species is native to South Africa, specifically of the Sahara and the Nile Valley. The British population dates back to the 18th century where it was introduced as ornamental waterfowl. The geese seen at the Castle today stay around Tattershall, flying between ourselves and Tattershall Lakes and set up resident to breed in the Castle grounds. The Castle is as far north as the geese travel in Britain, with the largest population found on the Norfolk Broads.
The plumage of the Egyptian Geese is very distinctive, with bright greens, pinks and burnt oranges. There is slight variation with some birds having more grey and others more brown feathers. There is no difference in plumage however between males and females which makes it difficult to distinguish the sex of the birds.