A male Goldeneye duck making a quick exit as he saw me pointing my camera at him.(click on image to view larger)
I’d popped up to Talkin Tarn east of Carlisle,Cumbria for another try to see the Smew. I was successful (year list now 94 by 30th Jan 2013) but he was too far out for a decent shot.This Goldeneye was my consolation prize.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR Sigma 150-500 zoom,handheld
Beautiful North Of England Feb 2013
A medium sized diving duck. Males look black and white with a greenish black head and a circular white patch in front of the yellow eye. Females are smaller, and are mottled grey with a chocolate brown head. In flight, birds show a large area of white on the inner wing. First nested in Scotland in 1970, and since then birds have been attracted to nest in specially designed boxes put up on trees close to water. In winter, birds from Northern Europe visit the UK.Source RSPB