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Goldeneye on Golden Pond

Goldeneye on Golden Pond
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 3:19
Viewed: 3353
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Goldeneye
Bucephala clangula

Garrot commun, Garrot à oeil d'or (French)
Porrón osculado (Spanish)

The black-and-white Common Goldeneye is one of the last ducks to migrate south in fall. It often will winter as far north as open water permits.

Medium-sized diving duck.
Chunky body.
Large head.
Male white with black back and head, and circular white spot on face.
Size: 40-51 cm (16-20 in)
Wingspan: 77-83 cm (30-33 in)
Weight: 600-1300 g (21.18-45.89 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male patterned in bold black and white,
Female smaller and gray with brown head.

Silent except in courtship when male gives a faint "peent." Wings produce a loud whistling in flight.

Cool Facts
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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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-03 7:42]

Hi Manyee.
What an unusual picture with surprising water surface. It is very expressive and interesting. The image of the bird is well colored and detailed. Its eye and water drops on it are amazing. May be your shot is motley a bit.
My best regards and TFS.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-03 8:19]

Hello Manyee,
a very nice composed image of this goldeneye. The greenish colour of the head is well shown and the patterns in the water are great. But I think the contrast in the image is too high. It doesn't seem natural to me. Did you increase it somewhat?
Regards, Jacob

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-03 8:42]

Hi Manyee,
We have a couple of these guys overwintering in the open stretches of our river, and I hope to do as good a job with them if I get a chance as you have with this one. Great details, colors and composition, thanks for sharing.

Hola Manyee,
Bonita composición con bellos colores y agradables texturas con buenos detalles. Un cordial saludo

The water here is fabulous ManYee. I agree with Jacob on the contrast. I tried a workshop.

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-03 13:45]

Hoi Manyee , A Beauty shot , good compositie his eye is beauty and t water very good tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-03 22:51]

Manyee, maybe the picture could be a little bit sharper, but it's just an opinion.

I like colors and composition. As usual, great note.

By the way: I've checked the picture you took of a porcupine, and it's really great.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-04 11:10]

hello Manyee
here is cute goldeneye with its impressive colours. i like composition, point of view, colours, detials, reflection and note in your photo

Hi Manyee

Good colours and well composed shot. Good camera work my friend. :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-07 22:39]

Hello Manyee

A beautiful shot of this goldeneye.The colours are well saturated and the water has a very neat reflective effect.Good DOF and POV.The image has good detail and is well composed.As always informative notes.TFS


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