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Pink-footed geese in the highlands

Heiðagæs – Pink-footed goose – Anser brachyrhynchus

In early summer the Pink-footed goose is one of the most prominent species of the Icelandic highlands. New breeding areas have been appearing in the last few years and their numbers have been rapidly increasing, the stock counting about 400 thousand birds.

This spring breeding was very successful and flocks of chicks could be seen on highland lakes in the beginning of June.

The Pink-footed goose builds its nest in tussocks and in cliffs near water or wetlands. They leave the country in autumn and come back in April. They overwinter in Scotland and North England.

Adorable Pink-foot Chicks


There is no denying that the Pink-foot chicks  are irresistable. They are just too cute and not afraid of people. It is perhaps not wise to go too close like Anna Rut did in this photo. When she was going to leave them they just followed her. They even tried to follow the car. In the end she was crying in the car because she thought they had lost their mother.

Heiðagæs – Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus