Wednesday, February 27, 2013

G for Goldeneye

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Goldeneye for ABC Wednesday

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. (Wikipedia)

We have one or a few of these in the river near where I live. When I first noticed them a few years ago there was a couple. Then the following year or two the drake was alone (usually hanging out with or near the mallards). Then he had a new mate, and they had little’uns – I think that was 2 summers ago. Last summer I just saw a lonely male again (assuming him to be the same one). But recently this winter, just a few weeks ago, I saw a whole little group of them (five or six) - possibly a family reunion… (I’m not sure of their social habits!) Yesterday however there was just this one on his own again, swimming back and forth across the river near the bridge I was walking on.

9 comments:

  1. i like the ripples in the water in all three... they are beautiful ducks..

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  2. Oh that first picture is perfect with the reflection of the tree in the ripples. What a lovely bird to watch.
    Ann

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  3. Lucky you Monica...they are grand ducks. They have a reunion for birthdays but there app must be playing up.

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  4. I didn't know they are called Goldeneye, but it certainly fits!

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  5. Such a mysterious look
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  6. Love this little chunky character enjoying the ripples in his world! The golden eye certainly stands out!

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  7. I wonder if it is the same one that you saw years ago...I hope he will have a partner again soon.

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    1. Virginia, if not the same one, it might be his son, perhaps ;)

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  8. Splendid photos of a splendid fellow. I like the fact that there's a story to go with it. Kinda nice!

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