The Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is a medium-sized duck occurring in northern Europe, northern Russia, Canada, and the northern United States. The birds breed in the taiga, but migrate further south during the winter months. They are mostly seen on larger lakes and slow-flowing rivers as well as in coastal waters. Their diet consists mainly of animals caught in the water, including crustaceans, aquatic insects, and molluscs. In parts of northern Germany, the Common Goldeneye occurs throughout the year and I see these pretty birds quite regularly. Unfortunately, they seem to be somewhat shy and always keep their distance… let’s see when I will be lucky enough to get a real close-up photograph!