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Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye
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Copyright: Thijs Hoomans (thijs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150-500mm APO DG HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-10 3:18
Viewed: 2029
Points: 21
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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 45–52 cm (18–21 inches) and from 888 to 1400 grams (1.9 to 3.1 lbs), while females range from 40–50 cm (16–20 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.

Often the natural tree cavities are made by broken limbs, unless they are made by Pileated Woodpeckers or Black Woodpeckers, the only tree-cavity-making animals who make a cavity large enough to normally accommodate a goldeneye. Average egg size is a breadth of 43.3 mm (1.7 inches), a length of 59.3 mm (2.3 inches) and a weight of 64 grams (2.3 oz). The incubation period ranges from 28 to 32 days. The female does all the incubating and is abandoned by the male about 1 to 2 weeks into incubation. The young remain in the nest for about 24–36 hours. Brood parasitism is quite common both with other Common Goldeneyes as well as other duck species and even Tree Swallow and European Starling eggs have been found mixed with goldeneye eggs! The broods commonly start to mix with other females' broods as they become more independent. Goldeneye young have been known to be competitively killed by other goldeneye mothers, Common Loons and Red-necked Grebes. The young are capable of flight at 55–65 days of age.

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nice one Thijs ..I would rather give a bit more space above the Common Goldeneye and cut the foreground substantially...
George Veltchev

Ciao Thijs, lovely composition with beautiful uck in nice pose, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Hoomans,
a very well captured Common Goldeneye with great sharpness and colour.

Hello Thijs
Great low POV and lovely capture of this Goldeneye.Wonderful colors and fine details.
Thank You,
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-10 7:14]

Hallo Thijs,
Je ziet hem bij ons in de Plassen ook, maar meestal van een wat grotere afstand. Mooi laag genomen, maar een beetje te veel voorgrond vind ik. Goede scherpte en contrasterende kleuren. Het oog maakt de foto hier.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-10 7:40]

Hi Thijs.
You managed to picture a very cute creature. Eye-contact and pose of the bird at whole are very impressive. Low POV is also wonderful and gives a special spirit of the image. TFS and best regards.

hallo Thijs
Aparte eend met mooie kleuren en veel details te zien
Ik heb al berichtjes gelezen over het snijwerk
Hij blijft even goed een aparte foto
griet lou

Hello Thijs,
Excellent photo of this male goldeneye, great sharpness and very nice colorful details, TFS!

Bonjour Thijs,
Publication intéressante mais l'angle de prise de vue ne valorise suffisamment le sujet du fait de son attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-18 12:11]

Hello Thijs.
Superb image with sharp focus and excellent exposure resulting in this wonderful composition.
Best regards Siggi

fine composition your frame, great the photo performance!
regards Thijs

Interesting bird Thijs! It is a very rare vagrant in Cyprus with only 7 records. I have seen only one of them.
Great photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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