Goldeneyes at Weaselhead

Three Common Goldeneyes - 2013 © Christopher Martin

I walked around Calgary’s Weaselhead Natural Environment Park this morning.  The park is where the Elbow River spreads out across the flats into a delta threaded with smaller streams that drain into the Glenmore Reservoir.  At the first bridge I crossed over, I noticed several female Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) floating around.  I watched them flying up to this nesting box gone slightly askew.  It seemed they may have enjoyed the view from this spot .

Leaving Peru - 2013 © Christopher Martin

When one would fly away it wouldn’t take long before a new duck stopped in.  It seemed like I could hear murmurings about possession being 9/10ths of the law.  However determination won a little longer rest on the perch for one of the Goldeneyes.  She held her ground, flapped the wings and the would-be usurper flew back down to the river.

Playing queen of the perch - 2013 © Christopher Martin

These three ladies threw some interesting looks at me, each other and across the river.

A cadre of Goldeneyes - 2013 © Christopher Martin

4 responses

  1. glad to see it pic

    July 3, 2013 at 7:12 am

  2. My, aren’t they queens of the Roost! You have captured their character here-and boy, do they have character!

    June 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  3. Very unusual but beautiful birds. I’ve never seen these before.

    June 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

  4. lisalday111711

    These are beautiful photographs of some beautiful birds…well done!!

    June 16, 2013 at 6:50 am

Your comments are truly appreciated - thank you for visiting.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s