A LWfG in front and a WfG in the rear. Copyright Jari Kostet

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Observations 2018


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18 February 2018, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed - 100 Ad 1 juv. 101 LWfG feeding relative close to the eastern dike. Among them the known family (both adults with metal ring on left leg and juvenile with almost adult plumage, also the bird with the orange ring (OL) and the RbG. Ocassionally, they joint other GWfG (about 140) that fed in close distance. Source: LKMA team (Th. Naziridis). Map:
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LWfG and RbG in Kerkini on 18Feb2018 Photo: Th. Naziridis.

15 February 2018, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 98 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). At least 98 lwfg were feeding at the eastern part of the lake Kerkini. Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos). Map:
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lwfg/gwfg/rbg Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos.

15 February 2018, Dimitriades, Evros Delta, Thrace, Greece 1 LWfG observed. 1 LWfG amongst a large group of GWfG Source: Didier Vangeluwen, conveyed by Manolia Vougioukalou. Map:

13 February 2018, Garliciu, Dobrogea, SE Romania, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. Together with 220 GWfG, 96 Greylags and 4 Redbreasts. Source: Emil Todorov, Dorin Damoc SOR/Birdlife Romania. Map: External

12 February 2018, Gura Ialomitei, Ialomitei, Baragan, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Together with 850 GWfG and 27 RbG, resting in flooded rice fields. Source: Emil Todorov, Dorin Damoc SOR/Birdlife Romania. Map: External
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Photo: Emil Todorov.

11 February 2018, Dimitriades, Evros Delta, Thrace, Greece 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. 1 maybe 2 adult LWfG Source: Didier Vangeluwen & Savvas Kazantzidis, conveyed by Manolia Vougioukalou. Map:

11 February 2018, Apaj, Pest, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. Source: Ádám Takács. Map:

10 February 2018, Dimitriades, Evros Delta, Thrace, Greece 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. at least 2 LWfG (probably males) amongst a flock of ca. 1500 GWfG Source: Savas Kazantzidis, Didier Vangeluwe, Ingar Oien, Manolia Vougioukalou. Map:

09 February 2018, Gura Ialomitei, Ialomitei, Baragan, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. Source: Szabo Jozsef . Map: External

03 February 2018, Limnochori, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 81 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Observation was made from the lakeside track just north of Limnochori. The total of birds were counted from photos taken of all the individuals. All the birds seen appeared to be adults but observation distance was too far to 100% sure of this. A flock of 69 individuals were feeding just beyond the disused film set building which were joined later by a single bird and later by a flock of 11 individuals that flew in (see photo). Also present was the Red-breasted Goose that has been associating with the LWFG flock. Later a noisy vehicle scared the flock and they flew to a further distance and continued feeding. Source: Observers: Andrew W. Clarke, George Blonsky & Nasos Kountourakis. Map:
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11 individuals fly in to join the feeding flock. Photo: Andrew W. Clarke.

03 February 2018, Fields NE from Livada village, Burgas, Bulgaria 1 LWfG observed (West-Russian) - 1 Ad. Feeding in wheat field together with 4000 A.albifrons. Source: Vladimir Mladenov, Ralitsa Georgieva BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria. Map:

01 February 2018, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). The lwfg with 1 rbg at the east part of the lake. Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos). Map:

29 January 2018, Fields SW from Atanasovsko lake, Burgas, Bulgaria 1 LWfG observed (West-Russian) - 1 Ad. Feeding in wheat field together with 3500 A.albifrons, 3 B.ruficollis and 1 A.fabalis. Source: Vladimir Mladenov, Ralitsa Georgieva, Ivaylo Dimchev, Polya Parashkevova BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria. Map:

28 January 2018, Apaj, Pest, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Source: Ádám Takács. Map:

28 January 2018, Trigono, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). The LWFG were close the riparian forest. Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos). Map:

22 January 2018, Trigono, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed. The lwfg was in two different groups near the riparian forest. Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos). Map:
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The lwfg remain in Kerkini Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos.

20 January 2018, Amudarya floodlands near Termez, Surkhandarya, Uzbekistan 10 LWfG observed (West-Russian). With 200 Greater White-fronted Geese. Source: Petri Lampila, Toni Eskelin, Anna Ten & Valentin Soldatov. Map:

20 January 2018, Talimardzhan Reservoir, , Uzbekistan 18 LWfG observed (West-Russian). Minimum 18 - estimated 27 among 26,000 geese 16.-20.1. Source: Petri Lampila, Toni Eskelin, Anna Ten & Valentin Soldatov. Map:

20 January 2018, Vajda-lapos, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 2000 GWfG. Source: Miklós Nagy. Map:

19 January 2018, Poyang Hu wetlands, Poyang Hu wetlands, Jiangxi, China 8 LWfG observed - 7 Ad 1 juv. Within flock of 250 Greater White-fronted Geese. 29.09185N 115.93703E. Source: David A. Showler (plus 8 other experienced birders). Map:

19 January 2018, Poyang Hu wetlands, Poyang Hu wetlands, Jiangxi, China 8 LWfG observed - 7 Ad 1 juv. N 29.09185 E 115.93703. Source: David A. Showler (plus 8 other experienced birders). Map:

19 January 2018, Poyang Hu wetlands, Poyang Hu wetlands, Jiangxi, China 8 LWfG observed - 7 Ad 1 juv. N 29.09185 E 115.93703. Source: Own observation (plus 8 other experienced birders). Map:

19 January 2018, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). All the LWFG with one RBG were at the mouth of the river Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos). Map:

18 January 2018, Elso-dulo, Nagyivan, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary 4 LWfG observed - 4 Ad. Adult pairs with 12 000 GWfG. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger). Map:

18 January 2018, Pusztaszer, Csongrád, Hungary 6 LWfG observed (West-Russian) - 4 Ad 2 2cy. One family and two additional adult birds were seen among 1000 Greater. Source: Ampovics Zsolt. Map:

15 January 2018, Dobogo-dulo, Tiszaörs, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 10 000 GWfG. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger). Map:

14 January 2018, Sarkad-dulo, Tiszacsege, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 1400 GWfG at a wheat field. Source: József Katona (HNPD ranger), Gábor Tihanyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

14 January 2018, Trigono, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). The lwfg are feeding with 78 wfg and 1 rbg close the east dike. Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos) / Giorgos Spiridakis. Map:
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Lake Kerkini / LWFG Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos.

13 January 2018, Trigono, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed. 101 LWfG are feeding in Trigono area during the morning with 1 RbG and at least 180 GWfG. In the afternoon, they moved to the eastern part of the lake (Limnochori area). Source: LKMA team (Th. Naziridis, K. Papadopoulos, S. Mountzelos) and H. Jerrentrup. Map:

12 January 2018, Nagy-szik, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Flown over the area with 30 GWfG. Source: Zoltán Ecsedi (HEA staff). Map:

12 January 2018, Sacele, Dobrogea, SE Romania, Constanta 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Grazing on winter wheat together with 5600 GWfG and 330 RbG. Source: Emil Todorov SOR/Birdlife Romania. Map: External

11 January 2018, Zavoaia, Braila, Baragan, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Szabó József, Pál Lajos, Ambrus Laca. External

11 January 2018, Balta Tataru, Braila, Braila, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Fântân? Ciprian, Sebastian Bugariu/SOR Birdlife Romania. Map: External

09 January 2018, Vak-dulo, Tiszafüred, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 2000 GWfG. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger). Map:

08 January 2018, Pusztaszer, Csongrád, Hungary 4 LWfG observed (West-Russian) - 2 Ad 2 2cy. One family, stayed together among 500 Greater. Source: Ampovics Zsolt. Map:
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Photo: Zsolt Ampovics.

06 January 2018, west part, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). The lwfg feeding at the west part of the riparian forest. Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos). Map:

05 January 2018, salt pans, Eilat, Southern District, Israel 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. Seen in Eilats birds sanctuary in the last 3 mornings. It eats some reeds and around 07:30 flies towards the Aqaba Bird Observatory, just beyond the border with Jordan. 10th record for Israel Source: Eilat Birding Center. Map: External

04 January 2018, Fecske-rét, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair, with 6000 GWfG. Source: Attila Szilágyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

04 January 2018, Kecskeri reservoir, Hortobágy National Park, Karcag, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 1 Ad 1 2cy. One adult and one immature separately, with 9000 GWfG. Source: Ádám Kiss (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at the Kecskeri reservoir Photo: Ádám Kiss (HNPD ranger).

04 January 2018, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). The lwfg feed during the last few days to the mouth of the river. Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos). Map:

03 January 2018, Kecskeri reservoir, Hortobágy National Park, Karcag, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Two adults moving separately with 15 500 GWfG and 280 Greylag Goose. Source: Ádám Kiss (HNPD ranger). Map:

03 January 2018, Hajdu-fenek, Hortobagy National Park, Egyek-pusztakocs, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 1200 GWfG and 150 Greylag Goose. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at the Hajdu-fenék area, HNP Photo: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger).

02 January 2018, Szásztelek, Hortobágy, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 3 LWfG observed - 3 Ad. Adult pair plus one adult separately. The pair is with 3400 GWfG, the plus one adult is with 3000 GWfG at the western cropland. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

02 January 2018, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 101 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Happy new year from Greece, Central Macedonia, Lake Kerkini...the lwfg are still here! Source: LKMA team (K. Papadopoulos /P. Xatzigiannidis). Map:



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