An Eye of Gold

In my last post I shared some shots of the winter ducks that have arrived at Cambridge’s Choptank River waterfront.  Some of these winter ducks are venturing up Cambridge Creek.  To my delight, some are coming up close enough to my balcony for me to watch and get some nice close-ups.

Because I’ve never had such an opportunity to photograph this duck, the first one I’m sharing is a male Common Goldeneye who has been hanging around the creek and below my balcony since the end of December.  I can’t get enough of him.

Some of my favorite shots so far of this beautiful duck….

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Common Goldeneye (male)


When the sun hits just right, the Common Goldeneye’s head casts an iridescent green coloring.

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Common Goldeneye (male)


This fella was always providing some pretty water circles and wakes, enticing me to take a lot of photos.


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Common Goldeneye (male)


The male’s crisp black and white contrasting feathers on his back is quite striking.

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Common Goldeneye (male)


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Common Goldeneye (male)



An eye of gold…..

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Common Goldeneye (male)


There hasn’t been any sighting on the creek of a female Common Goldeneye, but this male has been friendly and hanging with some other visiting ducks.



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