Brant (Branta bernicla)

A small goose found along the coast of Canada in winter migrating North in Summer. The goose has a characteristic white ring around the neck. Feeds mostly on eelgrass.

How To Identify

I know of three different geese in eastern Canada. Brant is most similar to the Canada Goose. I identify Brant by the characteristic white ring around the black neck. The head of the Brant is completely black while the head of the Canada Goose is black with white cheeks.

Where and When to Spot

I saw flocks of Brants along the coast at Tadoussac in mid spring. I assume that later of the year they migrate North as in Summer, I haven't seen Brants in Tadoussac anymore.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Tadoussac

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f8.0
    ISO 280


Branta bernicla