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Barrows Goldeneye

Barrows Goldeneye
Photo Information
Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-10 12:58
Viewed: 4307
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just thought that I would pop by and make sure you are all behaving yourselves.

Barrow's Goldeneye Female:
Medium-sized diving duck with black upperparts with contrasting white shoulder bars and white underparts. Head is large, glossy and purple-black with golden yellow eyes and a crescent-shaped white patch behind its usually dark bill. White wing patches are visible in flight. Female has dark brown hood, white collar, dark gray body, white wing patches and usually yellow-orange bill. Juvenile resembles female but with darker bill. Juvenile male has a faint white crescent on face.

Range and Habitat
Barrow's Goldeneye Female: Breeds from southeastern Alaska, east through parts of western Canada, and south to eastern Washington, southwestern Oregon, eastern California, northern Montana, and northwestern Wyoming. Also breeds in eastern Canada. Winters from southern Alaska, south along coast to central California, and locally from southern British Columbia and northern Montana, south to southwestern Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Also winters along East Coast. Preferred habitat include open lakes and small ponds, inland lakes and rivers; winters almost exclusively on salt water.
Photographed at the Wetland and Wildfowl trust in Arundel.
Happy new year to you all.

jossim, wallhalla15, mlines, Athila, Signal-Womb, livios, ellis49, coasties, marhowie, PDP has marked this note useful
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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-10 13:18]

Bonjour Michael!

Wow! Un superbe canard,les couleurs sont justes et les détails sont excellents.

Merci pour l'envoie de cette belle composition.


Hello Michael.
This is a very nice capture. Composition is great and good colours/reflections too. Excellent sharpness, POV and composition. This is a good one, very well done. Thanks for posting.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-01-10 15:50]

Hi Michael!

Nice shot. The bird is well exposed and in good focus. Color refexion on water looks very good and make a good BG. Pose and POV are very good.
Excellent work and TFS.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-01-10 18:49]

Hi Michael,

She's a beauty and well done on the capture.
It looks a little flat, maybe a Contrast boost up to +5 or +7?
Also, the reflection would have been a real winner and increased the value of the composition.
Excellent work though.


Very nice capture Michael with good detail and composition. I agree with Mike a little boast in contrast. Good job.

Hi Michael,
Very little time tonight. Well worth a big green smile.
Thanks for posting

Good to see you back. have a great 2006.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-10 22:39]

Michael, lovely colors and pov.

I like sharpness and effect upon the water.

Of course, amazing eye.

A very pleasing image.

Hi Michael,
it's a beautiful duck you have caught.
IMO it need a little more contrats. The reflections are very nice.Well composed, good POV, nice colours and good detials.
Well done.

Excellent shot. The reflection of the sky in the water looks great. Colours and detail are very good. Great POV.


Hi Michael

Very nice post. Good POV, lovely colours, clarity, sharpness and details are top notch! Well done. TFS.

Hi Michael,
I like the color I see on the water, with that golden eye poppin' ;-}
Great color, exposure, detail, POV and well framed.
Lovely job.
BTW, Thanks for stopping by..

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-17 18:51]

Hello Michael, nice shot. The composition is great and there are some lovley relfections in the water. I think it is a little noisy in the BG. Nice shot though.

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