Female Common Goldeneye
G Street, Turners Falls
Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley
Recently, I went to the power canal along G Street in Turners Falls hoping to practice photographing birds in flight. There are usually many gulls and Canada geese there that make good subjects for this exercise. Unfortunately, that day there was not a gull or goose in sight. I saw five ducks, one of which was this female common goldeneye. It was quite a ways away when I first saw it alongside a male Mallard and, with the late afternoon sun giving it an overall brownish cast, I thought it was a female Mallard. As I got closer I realized it was a female common goldeneye. It was not particularly afraid and I was able to capture this image with a medium length telephoto lens on my tripod mounted DSLR camera.
Anne E. Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. It is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., also, by chance/appointment.