Three Goldeneye Ducks at sea
Usually a shy bird easily disturbed. Seen in flocks which are predominantly females and juveniles.
This photos shows two males and one female swimming.
A goldeneye is a medium sized diving duck. Adult males ranges from 45–51 cm and weigh approximately 1,000 g , while females range from 40–50 cm and weigh approximately 800 g.
Goldeneye Ducks are found in the lakes and rivers of boreal forests across Canada and the northern United States, Scandinavia, the Baltic States, northern Russia and highlands of Scotland.
Being migratory birds they winter in protected coastal waters and open inland waters at more temperate latitudes.
Due to harsh weather conditions goldeneyes winter south. Therefore they arrive from Scotland and Northern Europe to coastal areas lower in the UK. From August to December and return north in February and March.
Being diving birds they forage underwater, eating on mussels, insect larvae, small fish and plants.
Goldeneyes nest in cavities in large trees, where they return year after year. Goldeneyes will also readily use nest boxes.
A female does all the incubating and is abandoned by the male 1 to 2 weeks into incubation.
The young are capable of flight at 55–65 days of age.