Bird Photographer’s Remarkable Find: First Record Of Common Goldeneye In Kashmir Valley Since 1907

   July 10, 2023

A female Common Goldeneye, a medium-sized sea duck, was sighted at the renowned Hokersar wetland by Kashmiri bird photographer Reyan Sofi. This is the first photographic record of the Common Goldeneye’s definitive presence in the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh after previous sighting since 1907. The Common Goldeneye is a diving duck, which primarily breeds across boreal forests in Scandinavia, eastern Europe, Russia, Mongolia, northern China, Canada, Alaska, and northern USA. It is known to migrate to southeastern Europe and various parts of Central and South Asia during winters.

Image: Rising Kashmir

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