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Common Goldeneye

An observer who gets a bit too near this duck may be treated to the loud whistling of wings as it runs across the water to pick up speed and become airborne. More often, the goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) will dive beneath the surface to avoid an intruder. Note the dark, round head and white wing patch. The female has a white collar while the male has a round white patch in front of its distinctive yellow eye.

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