16 May 2012

12 May: First week with Peter

This aerial photo gives the first weeks movements of the gander Peter we caught 3 May. Not particularly different from the movements of Otto in the area.
Otto is named after County Councillor Peter Holm (1733-1817), who in his Forsøg til en Beskrivelse over Lister og Mandals Amter i Norge already in 1794 gave a surprisingly precise desciption of the spring migration of the light-bellied brent geese along the coasts of southwestern Norway. Spring migration patterns are more or less similar tody, except that is is evident from Holms account that the brent geese were much more common in those days - hence underlining how rare they have become today!