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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-26 20:16
Viewed: 2550
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This posting is of a common Goldeneye (Bucephala Clangula). It took this shot at a local park, these ducks really put on a show for me. Two males were fighting over a female. They were actually fighting and chasing each other under water. After they would come up for air the chase would commense with them running on top of the water. I got a few more shots of the fight but they are far-aways.

From the book BIRDS OF CANADA

Common Goldeneyes closely resemble Barrow's Goldeneyes. Found in North America and Eurasia, this is a medium sized, compact diving duck. It is aggressive and very competitive with members of its own species, as well as other cavity-nesting ducks. It regularly lays eggs in the nests of other species-a behavior that is almost parasitic. Before diving, the Common Goldeneye flattens its feathers in preparation for underwater foraging. The females's head shape changes according to her posture.

Length 40-51 cm
Wingspan 77-83 cm
Weight 550-1,300 g
Social Flocks
Lifespan Up to 15 years
Status Secure

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-26 20:55]

Hi Denis,
Splendid photo of this male common Goldeneye, TFS!

Hi Denis,

Cool shot of this goldeneye in good light. It looks a bit scared, but I guess that's çause all the hormones flying around,


Hello Denis,
Great image of a common Goldeneye with sharpness details, lovely lighting and natural colours,
Thanks for sharing,

Lovely shot, beautiful reflection, good detail.

Hi Denis,

What a great capture of this Goldeneye Duck here my friend, good sharpness with great detail,
Lovely natural colours, i particularly like the water drops on the Ducks back,
Nice clean image Denis and well done,
Best Regards,


Bonjour Denis,
Le sujet porte bien son nom vernaculaire ou du moins ta publication le fait bien ressortir sous une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-04-27 6:32]

Hello Denis
Excellent capture of this shy duck
Thanks for sharing

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-27 8:01]

Excellent portrait of this beautiful Golden eye. tfs.

Hi Denis,
very nice photo of this bird. Really golden eye...
Amazing colours.
Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Denis,
a very beautiful capture of the Common Goldeneye taken from an excellent point of view with fine details and splendid colours, marvellous reflections
Best regards

Hello Denis, great capture with very beautiful light color and detail. An excellent image. All the best, Paul

Hello Denis

Excellent close-up photo of the common Goldeneye
with fine low POV at its level, beautiful light
coming on it, excellent focus sharpness details, TFS


Hello Denis,
Wonderful image with sharp details and excellent exposure. I also like colours and composition. Well done!

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