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Goldeneye front profile

Goldeneye front profile
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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/14.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-31 18:40
Viewed: 2929
Points: 22
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Goldeneye Duck

Physical Description
The Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), like the Barrow's Goldeneye, is named for its brilliant yellow iris. Common goldeneyes fly in small compact clusters, with their wings making a distinctive whistle at every wing beat. Male Common Goldeneyes have blackish iridescent green heads with a white circular patch between the eye and the base of the bill. The breast, sides, belly, and patch across the secondaries and secondary wing coverts are white. The back, rump, and upper tail coverts are black and the tail is grayish brown. The bill is black and the legs and feet are yellowish. Female Common Goldeneyes have chocolate brown heads, a whitish neckband, and speckled gray back and sides. The upper wings are brownish black with the middle five secondaries colored white. The bill is blackish becoming yellow near the tip and the legs and feet are yellowish.

Common Goldeneyes breed across the forested areas of Canada, and the northeastern United States. They are most abundant among lakes of the Canadian boreal forests, especially where lakes or deep marshes have substantial invertebrate populations. They are cavity nesters and have a strong homing tendency, often using the same cavity in successive years. Nests are usually located near a pond, lake, or river, but may be found in woodlands up to a mile from water. Female common goldeneyes nest in natural tree cavities, abandoned woodpecker holes, or nest-boxes and lay an average of 9 eggs.

Migrating and Wintering
Some may move from the interior to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and south along the Mississippi and Snake Rivers. Along the Atlantic coast, birds winter from Newfoundland to Florida and on the Pacific coast from the Aleutian Chain south to California. The St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes also provide wintering habitat.

Recent breeding population data are not available due to the difficulty of surveying birds in forested habitat, but estimates of the population have average 1.25 million birds (Bellrose 1976). The wintering populations of the Common Goldeneye along the Chesapeake Bay and in Maryland have been decreasing steadily since the 1980s. The combined goldeneye (Barrow's and Common) breeding population for the eastern survey area was estimated at 1 million birds in 2001.

Food habits
Common Goldeneyes use brackish estuarine and saltwater bays and deep freshwater habitats in the winter and dive to feed on a wide variety of available animal life. In inland areas during the summer and fall, they feed on aquatic insects, crustaceans and aquatic plants. Along coastal wintering grounds they feed largely on crustaceans, mollusks, small fishes, and some plant material.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-08-31 19:49]

Hi Denis,

Golden capture of this colorful waterfowl with the slightly apprehensive expression. Perfect pose, choice background, vivid reflections & an overall fine & pleasing composition!



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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-31 23:40]

Hello Denis,
a fantastic image!
Great time taken, excellent light, sharpness and detail, very nice colors.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Denis, Very nice capture of this Golden-eye Duck my friend, splendid sharpness with fine details, exposure you have just made it there's enough detail in the whites, superb POV with good eye contact, lovely rippled reflections in the water, great here effort Denis and well done,
Best regards,


Hello Denis , Another fantastic image of the beautiful details and subject.Perfect focus and fantastic color of subject ice. All the best, Paolo

Hello Denis,
I agree with the comemnts above and it is also an unusual sspecies for me, which makes it pleasantly informative, especially with the accompanying note. Thank you and best wishes.

Bonjour Denis,
La posture du sujet n'est hélas pas à son avantage afin de bien le valoriser.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-01 7:55]

Hello Denis,
Very nice photo of this Goldeneye with a pleasing eye contact. The white parts are a little bit over exposed in my opinion, but the head is lovely.

Interesting bird and beautiful photo Denis! The composition and the sharpness are excellent. The colors and the lighting are fantastic.
Bucephala clangula is an accidental visitor in Cyprus with only 7 records (last one in 2002). I was lucky to see a female of this species in 1992.

Hello Denis,
What a lovely capture with amazing sharpness and exceptional details.
The eye of the duck looks great....
Thanks for sharing!

a very fine close up with great color performance!
regards Nasos

hello Denis
very nice picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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