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.

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.

Where and When to Spot

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

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, March 16, 2019

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f9.0
    ISO 280

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f9.0
    ISO 360

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    NIKON D7100
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 250

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    NIKON D7100
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 200

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 400

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 450

Taxonomy

Anseriformes
Anatidae
Bucephala clangula