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Geese make unique spectacle at Seewinkel National Park

By Rachael Williams

Thousands of migrating wild geese have taken a break at the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel national park in Burgenland.

The geese have stopped off in Burgenland on their winter migration to a warmer climate. Most of the birds have chosen to stop in the Hungarian part of the park in a natural development area next to the Burgenland border where there is plenty of available water. There are currently around 15,000 wild geese who have made the pit stop at the national park.

The Hungarian part of the park is ideal for the feathered guests as here they are protected from predators such as foxes and jackals. Scientists are also counting the birds to ensure that they are well catered for during their stay.

At the moment the geese can be observed from the Burgenland side of the national park and birdwatchers are enjoying the natural spectacle. Since temperatures are set to drop further, causing watering holes to freeze over, the geese will only be at Seewinkel for a limited period of time before they are forced to continue their journey.

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