|Golden Eye Ducks synchronized flight|
The weather has been abysmal throughout most of June. In fact it has rained so much that several of the ponds I visit have overflowed their natural boundaries. As a result I haven't been able to go out much on bird watch. Not because I don't like the rain, but because my camera equipment doesn't.
So I did what I usually do when I can't get out for long periods of time. I gathered information about birds and went through my collection of photos in preparation for new blog posts. As I was sorting through my photos on this occasion, I noticed that I have quite a few half decent photos of the beautiful Golden Eye Duck. Like most people I am attracted to color, especially if it includes lots of contrast.
|Golden Eye Duck Males|
Even the female of this species is quite striking with her golden eyes and brown and white color. It was the golden eyes of the female of the species which first called my attention to this duck. That and her size. Golden Eye ducks are quite small when compared to the Mallard duck.
|Golden eye duck female|
|Male in flight|
|Female take off|
|Common Golden Eye male|
The Golden Eye duck is a diving duck. They can dive up to 20 feet below the water's surface to forage for food, such as aquatic plants and crustacians. They prefer the fresh water bodies in the Boreal Forest in summer and nest in tree cavities, like those excavated by the Pileated woodpecker, although they will use nest boxes if nothing else is available. In winter they prefer salt water, usually in shallow, sheltered coves on the coastline.
|Pair of Golden Eye Ducks taking off|
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