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Goldeneye male (Knipa)

Goldeneye male (Knipa)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4, RAW @ ISO 1600, Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-25 23:56
Viewed: 2867
Points: 26
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Thanks for all the nice comments of my previous post.

let me introduce Goldeneye male who is a full of testosterone. They are very fun to watch,
they kick water and have other quirk for themselves, all to impress the female.

Some info from Wikipedia
The 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 4552 cm (1821 inches) and from 888 to 1400 grams (1.9 to 3.1 lbs), while females range from 4050 cm (1620 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 to have them there all year round. Occasionally recorded as a vagrant in various parts of the Indian Subcontinent.

Source and more info in different language here

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-26 0:58]

Hello Gert,
Wow, what a fascinating scene. Great photo of this Goldeneye in superb sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours, taken from the best POV.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-26 3:25]

Hi Gert,
Good shot and with a very good moment captured.
Nice colours and good details.
Regards Jiri.

wonderful capture with good colors and good sharpness


Hallo Gert
super good picture with nice details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Gert,
What a nice image and interesting too.....Excellent capture of a lovely specie. The composition, the light and exposure are very good. Fantastic razor sharp details. This is a gorgeous fellow which I never meet in.....Fascinating details and focus.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-26 12:45]

Hi Gert,this is really great! What a spectacular capture of this goldeneye in a kamasutra pose..ehehe...a bit funny but really beautiful,and what a details and colors,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Gert. What a comical shot. I love the colours. They came out well for such an overcast day. I think it's just the right POV and it's framed well. Hope to see more of this duck. TFS Trevor

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-27 5:36]

Hello Gert,
What a funny pose! Vivid and well presented bird-picture, as usual perfect!
Kind regards

Hello Gert,
a lovely moment you captured with great focus and colour.
nice composition.

Lovely Image , The action is well caught and the drops in the air is special

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-06-06 10:07]

Hi Gert.
You managed to capture a very attractive moment. I like timing a lot. Despite the high ISO details of the shot are excellent as well as transparency of the image. Huge use of a long telelens combo at crop-camera. My warm regards and TFS.

amazing pose, TFS Ori

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