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While we were staying in Ushuaia we went to the nearby Tiera del Fuego national park for a hike to enjoy the scenery and animals. It's a beautiful area with lots of colourful trees, flowers and other vegetation. While walking you are being offered plenty of views on the Beagle Channel, which is crowded by all sorts of birds. We passed this couple of pretty little geese that were watching over their home. After a search on the internet I found out that the species is called "Ashy-headed goose" (Latin name: Chloephaga poliocephala). There are quite a few different kinds of geese in Patagonia, and this is just one of them.

Somewhere during our stay in Patagonia, a guide told us some facts about Patagonian species of geese. One of them is about the strong bond - let's say a very happy marriage - between the male and female goose once they have formed a couple. He said that they behave in the same way as us people do: when the female dies first, the male feels very lonely and commits suicide. And when the male dies first, well.... the female just goes hunting for another good looking guy!

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Additional Photos by Michael Gan (Michael_Gan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 532 W: 68 N: 698] (2776)
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