|Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee)
|Date Taken: 2011-12-24|
|Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-12-27 9:43|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
A female Common Goldeneye often lays eggs in the nest of another female, especially in nest boxes. She may lay in the nests of other species of ducks as well. Common and Barrow's goldeneyes lay in each other's nests, and Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers often lay in the goldeneye's nest too.
After the ducklings leave the nest they can feed themselves and require only protection. Some females abandon their broods soon after hatching, and the young will join another female's brood. Such mixed broods, known as "creches," may also occur when a female loses some ducklings after a territorial fight with another female.
Young scatter and mix when females fight, and not all of them get back to their mother when the fight ends. Some or all of the ducklings may be transferred to one brood, usually that of the territory owner.
The eyes of a Common Goldeneye are gray-brown at hatching. They turn purple-blue, then blue, then green-blue as they age. By five months of age they have become clear pale green-yellow. The eyes will be bright yellow in adult males and pale yellow to white in females.
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Manyee, this is such a super shot of this goldeneye. Great composition and detail. You did a great job capturing this. Thanks for comment on my deer. Have a great new year, Bill
A golden eye indeed, Manyee. I like this shot with ripples and reflection on the surface. Thanks and have a great holiday.
Thanks for looking me up, Manyee. It has been quite some time since we exchanged critiques. TN has slumped from its good old days. Still, it's an addiction difficult to get rid of.
This is a wonderful picture of the Common Goldeneye in the mellow light. The very light ripples on the water suggest it is moving slowly around.
Thanks and regards.
Interesting species and beautiful photo with good composition and nice colors!