National Geographic : 1934 Oct
© National Geographic Society BRANT, SMALLEST OF WILD GEESE, RIDE THE WATER GRACEFULLY LIKERACING YACHTS A full-grown, white-bellied brant, common along the Atlantic coast, swims with one of its young atthe right, while others wheel overhead. A black brant, more abundant in the Pacific, wades ashore. In the Middle Ages men believed geesewere hatched from barnacles; hence the name bestowed on the barnacle goose poised on one foot, a straggler from the Old World. The emperor goose attheleftlives mainly inthe region around the Yukon's mouth.