Common Goldeneye Wing Flap

  • Today’s post is an abbreviated one. Computer related problems that could potentially be a big deal for me have demanded my attention and my time.

A few Common Goldeneyes including adult males, adult females and 1st winter birds of both sexes have been wintering on a pond near my home. They’re quite wary and in order to keep their distance from fishermen and others along the shore they spend most of their time in the center of the pond so close-up photos of them don’t come easy.


1/8000, f/5.6, ISO 800, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

But when an individual bird feels the need to forage for food nearer the shore they occasionally provide better opportunities. Two weeks ago on New Year’s Eve this adult male was doing exactly that when he rose up on the water and performed a wing flap in good light and at a perfect angle to me. I particularly like the pose and the green iridescence on his head that so often eludes me. I have far more shutter speed than I needed but just prior to this performance I had been photographing other birds in different lighting so I didn’t have time or opportunity to make any camera adjustments.

While staring at the photo as I compose the text for this post I notice that I made an error during processing – hate it when I do that! Can you spot my mistake?


The water surface isn’t quite level so I should have rotated the image clockwise to make it level. At this point I don’t have time to reprocess the image and correct my error so it’ll just have to be a learning experience for me (and perhaps for some of my readers).

My attempt at making lemonade out of a lemon… 🙂




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