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Spectacled Eider

Spectacled Eider
Photo Information
Copyright: Biswarup Satpati (Biswarup) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 243 W: 0 N: 868] (8282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-HX400V
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swan & Duck, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-26 2:46
Viewed: 4849
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri) is a large sea duck, which breeds on the coasts of Alaska and northeastern Siberia.

The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 5-9 eggs are laid. This species dives for crustaceans and molluscs. It winters in often enormous flocks at sea in the Arctic along the edge of the pack ice.

The Spectacled Eider is slightly smaller than the Common Eider at 52-57cm. The male is unmistakable with its black body, white back, and yellow-green head with the large circular white eye patches which give the species its name. The drake's call is a weak crooning, and the female's a harsh croak.

The female is a rich brown bird, but can still be readily distinguished from all ducks except other eider species on size and structure. The paler googles are visible with a reasonable view, and clinch identification. Immature birds and eclipse adult drakes are similar to the female.

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Hello Biswarup,
A beautiful bird with this special profile!
The plumage is so well depicted here, details are great...
Lovely colours too, and I like the point of view as the bird is looking over the shoulder!
Pablo -

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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-26 3:49]

A good clear photo of the unusual looking bird. Good colours and focus. A lot of detail in his fur and his feathers. Well done. TFS.

what an odd looking duck! Very interesting to photograph though. Funny little one. :)

Good job.

great pic, TFS Ori

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-08 18:03]
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Hi Biswarup

This is a very beautiful and interesting bird and it is the first time ever I've seen it or even heard of it. Well no wonder I found it in your extensive bird portfolio, because were else do we regularly see all these weird and wonderful birds. A "walk" through your portfolio is always bound to deliver something unexpected, refreshing, or new. This is another TN first from your lens and I just wonder how many TN unique or rare postings you might have within your extensive range of material. Thanks for your hard and persistent work in providing us with all these exceptional and uncommon images and species.

I like this POV with the back side of the duck visible. It shows excellent details which one would not have seen from the front or with a side view. What a strange and extraordinary configuration the bird has in its head design. Oh, the wonders of nature just never seize to amaze me. I like the colours of the shot, the details are very sharp, and the exposure was perfectly managed.

Very well done MF and TFS.

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