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Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula

A medium sized, migratory duck which can be seen around Montreal during the winter months in open water. Common Goldeneye dive for food. They build their nest in tree cavities.

Common Names

  • Common Goldeneye (en)
  • Porrón osculado (es)
  • Garrot à œil d'or (fr)
  • Schellente (de)

Taxonomy

  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Bucephala clangula

Where & When to Spot

I see them in small flocks in Rapids Park Lachine in the river during winter months only.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Rapids Park Lachine 1 0 0 4

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

I look at the color pattern of male, greenish black head with a white spot near the beak, and female, brown head, and the characteristic yellow ring around the eye to identify this bird.

Photos

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2019-03-16

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f9.0; Iso 280;

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2018-02-18

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f9.0; Iso 360;

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2017-03-05

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 250;

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2017-03-05

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-02-01

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-02-01

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 450;

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