Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday 428 - Common Eider

The Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) is a sea-duck found on the seas around northern Europe, America and Siberia. It breeds in the Arctic,  but comes south in the winter.  When I lived in the North of England, the arrival of this duck was a sure sign that winter was coming.

The bird has a couple of other common names, including St. Cuthbert's Duck and Cuddy's Duck.  The famous Eider down is (or at least was) harvested from the nests of these birds.  The scientific name of this bird refers to the warmth and softness of its feathers.

These pictures may not be the best I have ever taken, but they were taken in very gloomy conditions in Bergen in Norway in the winter.  While not being north of the Arctic Circle it was close! I have used some new software to reduce the noise in the pictures caused by the need to use a high ISO rating - the result seem pretty good.

These images need to be seem in an enlarged form to see them at their best.  Click on the image to make it larger.

I have just been 'passed' significant amount of new work - so please excuse my limited visits to other blogs of late.

Stay well and don't forget to link up to WBW.  SM

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  1. Hardy chap that you are, Stewart, I expected that you would have passed the camera to Sally for her to record your polar dip. "Swimming with Eiders" might have made a grand title for a novel you could write while imprisoned by COVID.

  2. Hello,
    they are pretty birds.
    They live in Finland too, but I have not seen them yet.
    All the best, Stewart!

  3. Great bunch of sea ducks! Just breeding in the Arctic makes them hardy in my book.

  4. Hari OM
    Oh I do love and eider garthering! YAM xx

  5. Those are great rafts of Eider Stewart. We have Eider that breed in the Northern Ireland and it is lovely to see the chicks. THanks for hosting, stay safe and have a good week ahead.

  6. Eider ducks come to PEI as well though I haven’t see them. Great photos.

  7. Hello Stewart
    a lot of ducks in one place, looks great
    Greetings Frank

  8. Great photos!
    Thanks for hosting!

  9. Quite a remarkable gathering of eiders!

  10. I enjoyed this post very much Stewart. Pace yourself and take time to enjoy your day.

  11. They are such pretty birds I love them and especially their call. Keep well and stay safe, Diane

  12. Nice photos! That's quite a flock.

  13. Hi Stewart, beautiful photos of the eider ducks. Sometimes I see them in spring in Denmark. Have a nice sunday. Greetings Caroline