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Bucephala clangula F

Bucephala clangula F
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-11 18:52
Viewed: 1618
Points: 14
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A female Common Goldeneye in flight and earlier this afternoon at Ossekeag Creek, Hampton, NB.


The Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is a medium-sized sea duck of the genus Bucephala, the goldeneyes. 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.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Merginae
Genus: Bucephala
Species: B. clangula


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  • Great 
  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-04-11 23:25]

brilliant photograph. excellent background and exact timing to freeze the bird in the air. good work.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-11 23:56]

Hello Derek,
Great photo of this Goldeneye in flight. Superb sharpness, details and comopsition. Beautiful colours against the greyish background.

Hallo Derek
This is a great image of this beautiful bird in flight. Just love the determined expression on its face and the clarity of the white eye that is so well seen against the blurred background. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

  • Great 
  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-12 2:29]

Excellent picture with the difficulty that the bird is flying! Congratulation. Saludos.

Hello Derek.
Excellent in flight capture with pristine plumage details. Love the way the bg is being silenced in making this image pops in the frame.

Hello Derek

Excellent photo of the female Common Goldeneye in-flight
with her bright eye(e)s, fine POV obtaining
the eye-contact, excellent framing with leaving
a lot of space to the bird to fly trough,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-15 4:46]

Hello Derek,
What a fine and pleasing picture. Love the composition and the suggested atmosphere.
How cute the expression of the Goldeneye.
Well done!
Kind regards

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