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Barrows Goldeneye

Barrows Goldeneye
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-10 13:31
Viewed: 4015
Points: 20
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Barrow's goldeneye (Buchephala islandica)

Average length: M 19.2", F 17"
Average weight: M 2.13 lbs., F 1.31 lbs.
Breeding: Barrow's goldeneyes breed in southeastern Alaska, northern Mackenzie, and northwestern British Columbia south to eastern Washington, southwestern Oregon, and eastern California; the Colorado Rockies; Quebec, Labrador, Greenland, and Iceland. Barrow's goldeneyes nest in wooded or open country usually near a lake or pond surrounded by dense vegetation, usually in a natural tree cavity, abandoned woodpecker hole, nest box, rock cavity or stream bank. They often nest in same area in successive years and females lay an average of 6 to 12 eggs.

Migrating and wintering: In winter, Barrow's goldeneyes are often observed in large flocks on lakes, rivers, estuaries, and bays from southern Alaska south along the west coast to central California, locally from southern British Columbia and northern Montana to northern Nevada, Utah, and Colorado and from the Gulf of St. Lawrence south to New York, rarely to South Carolina.
Food habits: Barrow's goldeneyes dive to feed on aquatic insects, crustaceans, small fishes, fish eggs, and pondweeds found in freshwater habitats, and mollusks (especially blue mussels), seastars, and marine worms found in marine habitats.
Description: In flight, a Barrow's goldeneye is difficult to distinguish from a common goldeneye. A puffy, oval-shaped head, steep forehead and stubby triangular bill help distinguish it from a resting common goldeneye.
The male Barrow's goldeneye has a glossy purplish head with a crescent-shaped white patch between the eye and bill. The dark back contrasts with the white neck, breast and belly. The scapulars are black with a distinctive row of rectangular white spots. The white greater coverts are tipped with black forming a black band between the white speculum and the white patch on the greater coverts. The bill is black and the legs and feet are yellowish.

Photographed at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust.

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-02-10 13:38]

Good shot Michael. Nice composition. I like the eye position. Good colors and sharpness. Good details. Good job.



Very nice Michel.
Never seen this in real life. Great green eye.
I like the colour in the water. Very good composition, POV and colours.
Very well done.

Very nice shot with great clarity. Love the reflections in the water and that amazing green eye...well done.

Micheal, Very good exposure on the black plumage showing great details. Nice effect from the reflections & the eye jumps out as the focal point of the shot. Excellent note..Well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-10 16:24]

Great shot Michael, the background water is a fantastic backdrop. Nice focus on the eye, and good composition, very well done.

Excelent capture and details. Well done on the composition.
I'm doing a survey, is this little post processing and no neat image.?
At ISO 100, there shouldn't be any other than turning to jpeg.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-11 6:56]

What a funny bird! :) I love the way you captured it's goldeneye (The name is Bond, James Bond). Well done. Razorsharp details and great colors!

very special eye and shape of head.good composition and pov.good sharpness and colours too.well done!

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-11 11:38]

Very good post Michael. Another new specimen with a unique eye very well captured here. Great job

Great shot Michael,
Nice details, exposure, colours and superb eye.
Thanks for posting

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