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Egyptian goose.jpg

Bird identification is not one of my strong points – I can cope with sparrows and robins,  but after that it becomes a bit vague. Thus it was with this beady-eyed character which seemed to have taken up permanent residence on a boat moored along the Thames at Henley. Originally it was curled up for an afternoon nap, but woke up in time for the late afternoon “golden hour” beloved of photographers. Research suggests that it’s an Egyptian Goose.

Perfect light and a striking subject made for a good photograph, although a longer lens would have produced a better picture. I’ve cropped it so that the bird’s eye is central and chosen a background that emphasises its habitat, although the Thames is not quite the Nile.