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The Eyes of Common Goldeneyes

3-31-14 lone common goldeneye on ice 380Common Goldeneyes, birds of the boreal forest, overwinter as far north as open water permits, which includes parts of northern New England most years. These birds get their common name from the color of their eyes, but their eyes don’t attain this golden color until their first winter. When they hatch, Common Goldeneye ducklings have gray-brown eyes. Their eyes turn purple-blue, then blue, then green-blue as the ducks age. By the time they are five months old, their eyes are pale green-yellow. They turn bright yellow in males and pale yellow to white in females by mid-winter.

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5 responses

  1. Terrific shot – you can even see the droplets of water (ice?) on its breast!

    April 2, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    • Thanks, Eliza. Taken from a moving ferry boat!

      April 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  2. I love the challenge of capturing waterfowl in an extraordinary way – this Goldeneye photo is exactly what I’m talking about! Very nice.

    April 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

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