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Common Goldeneye


Common Goldeneye
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 6:16
Viewed: 3662
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is a medium sized sea duck of the genus Bucephala, the goldeneyes.
This dominant male is trying to seduce a female and I was there at the right time!
Adult males ranges from 42-52 cm (18-21 inches) and from 888 to 1400 grams, while female range from 40-50 cm (16-20 inches) and from 500 to 1182 grams. The species is aptly named for it's golden-yellow eye. Adult males have a dark head with 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 breeding habitat is the taiga. They are migratory and most winter in protected coastal waters or open inland waters at more temporate latitudes. Naturally, they nest in cavities in large trees. These diving birds forage underwater. Insects are predominant prey. Locally, fish eggs and aquatic plants can be important foods.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-06 6:40]

Hi Zeno,
I couldn't understand from the thumbnail, but I'm amazed to see how beautiful this photograph is! You caught a great pose. Great timing, bravo and TFS
Selen

Hej Zeno!
Ale poza! Po upierzeniu widac, ze to gagol, ale przypominna krolika ha ha ha. Nie ma wodnych krolikow? Dobre zdjecie!
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-06 8:00]

Hi Zeno,
WOW, Superb capture of this goldeye. Great details, wonderful pose and Amazing color, this is a great peace of work.
Rick

hi zeno!
great pose:)
sharp and fine picture on
this lovely bird!
well done!

Hello Zeno,

well done with excllent composure The colors bg POV DOF well done

TFs kyle

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-06 10:56]

Hi Zeno,

I have never seen anything like this. What a beautiful duck. The colors are wonderful and that yellow eye...............

Jane

wow, amazing pic, TFS Ori

Hello Zeno
What a great shopt of this Goldeneye,
Perfect moment to shoot,
Excellent colors and reflection,Welldone.

Regards
Fartash

Zeno,

It took me a few moments to spot the duck's head and orientation. Very nice moment. The duck looks beautiful.

Regards,
Murali Santhanam

Excellent , TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-03-06 21:12]

Bravo pour cette belle prise,la pose est superbe.
Merci!
Joseph

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-07 1:45]

Now that is quite a contortionist, Zeno.
Goldeneyes are so beautiful. You have captured this one in a funny pose. Amazing yellow eye.
TFS. : )

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