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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Just as I was packing up to leave Fleming Beach last week I spotted this duck near the boat ramp and snapped this quick shot (above). This is a female Common Goldeneye. I don't see them very often and this is the first I've seen this year. They are so different from the male of the species that I always think I've come across a duck new to me. Below is a photo of a Common Goldeneye drake (from last spring) so you can see how much the genders differ.


Stephanie said...

Seems the males are prettier to look at.

William Kendall said...

The males have to look good to get the attention of the ladies.

Both are excellent shots!