Female Barrow’s Goldeneye photo

Female Barrow's Goldeneye, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska. (Bucephala islandica)

Female Barrow’s Goldeneye, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska. (Bucephala islandica)

I sat in my blind by a small pond for a few hours one lovely June day, watching the waterfowl come and go. My 2 favorites for this particular pond, just off the McCarthy Road, were a pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye. Beautiful birds, they, like most waterfowl in the park, migrate up to Alaska for the summer, and fly south in the fall. The arrival of the birds from the south, beginning as early as March with Golden eagles, is a fun process to witness.

I photorgaphed this female Barrow’s Goldeneye and her mate for a while before leaving the pond. I saw them return for the next few summers, before losing track of them.

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