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Barrow's Goldeneye
Originally found and photographed 18 November by Robert Ho, this species is an uncommon visitor to California from breeding grounds in Alaska and Western Canada. The last one in San Francisco was 15 years ago. This is an immature female based on its dull yellow eye and scruffy appearance, In comparison with the more familiar Common Goldeneye, Barrow's has a steeper forehead, smaller bill and dark lesser coverts. Even though breeding populations are widely separated, no subspecies have been named. However females of western North America usually have a yellow bill as seen here, while those from Iceland do not.
Location
Mountain Lake Park, Presidio, San Francisco, California, USA.
Date taken
24 November 2022.
Scientific name
Bucephala islandica
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That's a rather cute head turn she gave you Joe.

A terrific picture lad - thanks for showing us this young lady.
 

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Category
North America
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jmorlan
Date added
View count
173
Comment count
4

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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/7.1
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/1250 second(s)
ISO
500
Filename
Barrow'sGoldeneyeIMG_0658.jpg
File size
168.7 KB
Date taken
Thu, 24 November 2022 10:50 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 764px

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