The Magpie Goose is found in Australia Papua New Guinea and lives in tropical wetlands. It is a very primitive wildfowl and its ancestors split from other wildfowl when the dinosaurs were still about. It is also the only living member of its genus and family with several fossil relatives known across the world. Unlike other geese, it loses its feathers gradually when moulting, meaning it can always fly and has only partially-webbed feet with large claws on the toes. They are 72-91 cm in length with the males being slightly larger than the females. The last picture is of a group of goslings.
1 and 3: Freshwater Pond, Centenary Ponds, Cairns, Qld, 09/03/2012.
1: Freshwater Pond, Centenary Ponds, Cairns, Qld, 20/10/2010.