NB. One of my experienced ornitholigists and trusted advisors has pointed out that this is a first winter male not a female. Apparently the female would not have a white spot on the side of the head and its all brown.
This first winter male Goldeneye has been on the largest of the lakes in the Parkland for a few days now.
She keeps company with a small flock of Tufted Duck.
Getting close to her for photographs even with a 70-400mm lens was not easy.
Like the Tuftis, she prefers diving for food near the lakes edge which is more shallow.
However if you approach she will move out into deeper waters.
The main reason why I didn't get many side shots of course.
|Hitting a Bow wave|
|Note the head plumage|