The Travels of Tug 44

Goldeneye Duck

The Goldeneye Duck is a small diving duck, they dive for fish. The large white spot on the side of the head by the beak indicates the males. Seen here in the Hudson River at Fort Edward.   high-res

It's early spring and love is in the air. The redhead is the female. These two ducks appear to have formed a bond, and are cruising and fishing together, but apparently she still needs more convincing ...   high-res

... so he tries some standing and wing flapping. Female Goldeneye Ducks are usually impressed by that sort of thing, but today she is not in the mood.   high-res

Now the male Goldeneye Duck tries some neck bending, that usually works ... but not today.   high-res

Part 2 of the "neck bending" display is when the male throws his head back, looks straight up and starts kicking his feet furiously.   high-res

As a last resort, this male Goldeneye Duck does a few takeoff runs near the female. he doesn't actually lift off, he's just showing off. She is underwhelmed.   high-res

In this last shot, the pair of Goldeneye Ducks is still bonded together but she is not yet ready to breed. Give it a few more weeks.   high-res

The Goldeneye Duck, a hard-working diving duck.

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