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Golden Eye for Gert

Golden Eye for Gert
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, Sony SAL 14 TC
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds In Flight Part Two, Dedications to Gert, CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos, Dedications at Trek Nature part Four [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-10 1:04
Viewed: 4084
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After seeing many inflight captures on TN,especially the inflight ducks of gert (ellis 49) are well known under the most of us,I had a few chanches as well on my yesterdays visit in Alhagen,I used my 300 f 2.8 together with a 1.4 teleconverter and made a few captures,although maybe not perfect yet (I guess I have to practice a bit more on this fast photography),I was quite pleased with some of the results.

So here a capture of a Golden Eye,hope you like it and tfw

Golden Eye
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is a medium sized sea duck of the genus Bucephala, the goldeneyes. Their closest relative is the similar Barrow's goldeneye.

Adult males ranges from 45-52 cm (18-21 inches) and from 888 to 1400 grams (1.9 to 3.1 lbs), while females range from 40-50 cm (16-20 inches) and from 500 to 1182 grams (1.1 to 2.6 lbs). The species is aptly named for its golden-yellow eye. Adult males have a dark head with a greenish gloss and a circular white patch below the eye, a dark back and a white neck and belly. Adult females have a brown head and a mostly grey body. Their legs and feet are orange-yellow.

Their breeding habitat is the taiga. They are found in the lakes and rivers of boreal forests across Canada and the northern United States, Scandinavia and northern Russia . They are migratory and most winter in protected coastal waters or open inland waters at more temperate latitudes. Naturally, they nest in cavities in large trees. They will readily use nestboxes, and this has enabled a healthy breeding population to establish in Scotland where they are increasing and slowly spreading with the help of nestboxes. They are usually quite common in winter around lakes of Britain and some are being encouraged to nest in nestboxes which are put up to try and have them there all year round.

Often the natural tree cavities are made by broken limbs, unless they are made by pileated woodpeckers or black woodpeckers, the only tree-cavity-making animals who make a cavity large enough to normally accommodate a goldeneye. Average egg size is a breadth of 43.3 mm (1.7 inches), a length of 59.3 mm (2.3 inches) and a weight of 64 grams (2.3 oz). The incubation period ranges from 28 to 32 days. The female does all the incubating and is abandoned by the male about 1 to 2 weeks into incubation. The young remain in the nest for about 24-36 hours. Brood parasitism is quite common both with other common goldeneyes as well as other duck species and even tree swallow and European starling eggs have been found mixed with goldeneye eggs! The broods commonly start to mix with other females' broods as they become more independent. Goldeneye young have been known to be competitively killed by other goldeneye mothers, common loons and red-necked grebes. The young are capable of flight at 55-65 days of age.

These diving birds forage underwater. Year-round, about 32% of their prey is crustaceans, 28% is aquatic insects and 10% is molluscs. Insects are the predominant prey while nesting and crustaceans are the predominant prey during migration and winter. Locally, fish eggs and aquatic plants can be important foods. They themselves may fall prey to various hawks, owls and eagles, while females and their broods have been preyed upon by bears (Ursus spp.), various weasels (Mustela spp.), mink (Mustela vison), raccoons (Procyon lotor) and even northern flickers (Colaptes auratus) and red squirrels (Tamiasciurus husonicus).

The common goldeneye is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Approximately 188,300 common goldeneyes were killed by duck hunters in North America during the 1970s, representing about 4% of the total number of ducks killed in the region during that period[citation needed]. The rate is probably similar today. Both the breeding and winter habitat of these birds has been degraded by clearance and pollution. However, this is the only duck in North America known to derive short-term benefits from lake acidification.

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Hi Paul,

Excellent capture of Goldeb Eye in flight. Good composition, nice POV, sharp details and natural colours.



yeah, almost an ellis49, great inflight-shot, and at least it is not a mallard *g*. i have been trying flying mallards the last
weeks and i know that it is not easy to capture them in the right way. so, this is really good, well done & have a great weekend, thor.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-10 2:09]

hi Paul,
belle image de ce canard en plein vol, même si la tête est un peu hors focus, le reste est bien composé. Bonne note associée.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-10 9:45]

Hallo Paul,
Wat een prachtige opname van deze Brilduiker in de vlucht. Erg goede scherpte en mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Fantastische compositie.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-10 9:56]

Hello Paul,
Great in-flight of a Goldeneye with fine sharpness and excellent composition against the OOF natural BG, Superb panning technique and timing.
Nice tribute to Gert too.
TFS this fine image,

hello Paul

superb in-flight shot of the Common Goldeneye,
with very fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent luminosity
of the image, great sharpness and detail, TFS


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-05-12 18:15]

Bonsoir Paul,

Bravo pour cette belle prise de vue de ce Garot en vol et à plenne vitesse.
Merci pour le partage.

Hej Paul,
sorry, I have missed this one, I have been away.
A beautiful picture a great dedication, thanks mf.
You managed well with the sharpness and exposure, the golden eye is a very quick duck, not easy to catch.
Lovley colours and fine DOF, the bird is well isolated from the BG.

The sprig has arrived and th last week have been sunny and quit warm but today is a chilly wind.


Hello Paul
I visit your long and nice portfolio sometimes. This is very nice post and great capture of Bucephala clangula. Timing, focus and colors great. POv and composition also great. good notes. TFS, best wishes

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