Not a new duck but a rare one.

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I had only seen one Goldeneye from across a big lake and only had one blurry picture of it. I could barely tell what it looked like. When I heard that two of them were floating around in a channel right near my house I had dropped everything, grabbed my camera and headed out. I walked for a while looking through all of the ring neck, grebes, scaups and mallards until I saw them.  These guys are pretty rare around here. There was one last February in the area that was very skittish and stayed far away. These two were floating down the channel without really paying any attention to me.

A blurry new duck on a yucky day

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My first common goldeneye  from very far away. I had to stand on a picnic table to catch him when he swam away from the tall reeds in front of the lake. This was taken with my 300mm lens and extremely cropped up. Bad shot but at least I can add him to my list. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of one being in the area.

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These little grebes were looking at me like I was crazy. Standing in the drizzle looking for a duck.

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After a while, the clouds started to disappear. This kingfisher was watching me watching him.

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Now watching me on a pole in the lake.

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This spoonbill agreed with the grebes.  I think he was laughing at me.

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Moorhen with the big yellow feet.

The goldeneye had been reported for a few weeks at the lake that Boyd Hill Nature Preserve sits on. It was across the lake from the park at a boat ramp. I finally made it over there in late January. It had been raining and I almost didn’t go. Luckily it stopped raining and the sun came out.  I’m glad I braved the weather since now I have a new duck for my list!