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From afar, I could only see their amusing act through my camera lens. The male Common Goldeneye would let out a sharp call, stretch his neck straight up, drawing attention, then quickly bend his head far backwards, touching his rump, then snap right back, overcompensating by kicking his orange feet out of the water.

Pardon the inadequate description above. Actually looking at them is hilarious, like watching a bunch of class clowns trying desperately to impress. Here’s the sequence.

A sharp call to draw attention:

Sharp call

Stretch neck straight up:

Neck straight up

Bend over backwards:

Bend over backwards

Snap out of it:

Kick orange feet up

Male synchronized swimming – courting en masse:

Everybody together now

As for the females, looks like they are not easily moved, or maybe just feigning indifference:

Females paying no attention

No matter. Spring is at hand.

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