Breeding

The Red-breasted Geese nest in the most northern parts of Russia – the tundra of the peninsulas of Taymir, Yamal and Gidan. These are some of the most beautiful and most severe places on Earth. 




The geese lay their eggs on the ground. Their strategy for protection against  predators is to make their nests near the nests of Snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus) and   Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus). While guarding their own nests the raptor birds involuntarily guard the nests of  the Red-breasted Geese, too. 



(ph. Мichael Мelford)

The geese form small colonies of 4-5 nests and every female lays 4-6 eggs. The chicks hatch robust enough to walk and feed by themselves. The pairs are monogamous and every year have only one brood.  The nesting period  starts in June and the autumn migration starts in September. For this short period the young geese have to grow strong enough to be able to make the great flight to the Balkan Penisnsula!