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Common Eider males

Common Eider males
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/8, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ARCTIC subregion: Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-13 9:25
Viewed: 4323
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Eider, Somateria mollissima, is a large (50-71cm body length) sea-duck, which is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters.

The eider's nest is built close to the sea and is lined with the celebrated eiderdown, plucked from the female's breast. This soft and warm lining has long been harvested for filling pillows and quilts, but in more recent years has been largely replaced by down from domestic farm-geese and synthetic alternatives. Although true Eiderdown pillows or quilts are now a rarity, eiderdown harvesting continues and is sustainable, as it can be done after the ducklings leave the nest with no harm to the birds.

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Hola Tom
Una toma de grupo muy bonita la que nos muestras de estos eiders.
Un saludo

interesting birds nice action iwth the one standing up a little sharpening might be nice.

very nice pic, TFS Ori

Very nice image of these male eiders Tom.
Some action and three of them who apparently are watching the scene.
The one in the back does'nt want to have anything to do with it :)
Good focus and exposure, but pity the water seems to run out of the frame to right side.
Wouls be nice if you gould level the image.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

Great black and white colors! Very 'smooth'. I like the outstretched wings of the big guy. :)

hello tom,

nice smooth colors and great details.i like the bronze-brown nose color!
sadly the horizon is not very horizontal.;-)
i like VLIELAND!


I love this birds, they are really photogenyc...
Nice compo and moment captured.

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-13 15:07]

Hello Tom,
Lovely scane.Well caught,framed and composed.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-06-13 20:39]

Superbe capture ces canard sont mes préféré.bravo pour cette belle composition.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-24 20:49]

Hello Tom

A wonderful capture of these eiders.The plumage colours and details show very well.Very well focused with good sharpness.The one with outstretched wings is really looking you over.Very good POV .TFS


Eider charming.The most beautiful is the high water.

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