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:
Stretch neck straight up:
Bend over backwards:
Snap out of it:
Male synchronized swimming – courting en masse:
As for the females, looks like they are not easily moved, or maybe just feigning indifference:
No matter. Spring is at hand.
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