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Bruce Arnott

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Bruce grew up on a plot of farmland in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after ...

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on A Crazy Fight Between Geese

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning images Bruce. Amazing sighting.

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you very much Marinda!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I’ve seen Egyptian geese have short fights, but none with anything like that level of aggression!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

It was highly intense and memorable!

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

I Love these Egyptian Goose fights. Check out these two other blogs featuring a similar scenario. Who knows, maybe it is the same geese….?

http://blog.londolozi.com/2017/09/21/a-fierce-territorial-battle/
http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/07/02/egyptian-geese/

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Excellent series and description of the fight! I had to smile when you mentioned the loser hissed back as he flew away.

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you Joanne! It was just as you would imagine, the loser had an attitude!

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

I love Egyptian Geese too. They are so beautifully marked and very noisy. Can’t help noticing them! In human society they would possibly be the ones starting a bar fight! Wendy M

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

I agree with you, they have tenacity and aggression one would never expect! Thank you for your comment Wendy!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Well-told story, Bruce! I felt like I was ringside!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you Mary Beth, I am glad you liked it!

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

Who would have thought so much excitement could be exhibited by three Egyptian geese, two of them in battle mode?! Fascinating description of the series of events you witnessed, including the defeated goose’s last words to the victor. Your photos documented the encounter perfectly. Well done!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you very much Denise! I’m happy the encounter fascinated you as much as it did!

Charles Smith
Explorer

Wow- great piece- had no idea geese were territorial like this.

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Charles, thank you! I’m pleased that you learnt something new!

Mj Bradley
Explorer

Wow, a very intense sighting! thank you for sharing!

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