Common Goldeney (Bucephala clangula)
Common Goldeney (Bucephala clangula) photographed from the deck at the cottage on Prout's Island Lake Sesekinika in Grenfell Township in Sesekinika Northeastern Ontario Canada
That morning when the shot was taken the wife and I were enjoying our coffee on the cottage deck when the wife noticed the flock of Common Goldeneyes getting up on the dock. A total of seventeen showed up and stayed for better part of the morning resting and taking in the warmth of the morning sun.
In the last few years very rare to see any waterfowl around the Island, the odd Mallard or Goldeneye. Even the Common Loons are becoming a rare sight. A family of Common Mergansers used to nest on the Island and these birds no longer show.
There is definitely a change the watercraft are much larger with more hp then needed and a lot PWC buzzing around. I know the large wake these craft create are realty eroding the shoreline of the Island which has destroyed the habitat for the waterfowl that use to seek nesting areas and shelter on the island.