Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Don't you know you're floating with the King?

I had the pleasure of meeting this King Eider this weekend. He was hanging around Bass Rocks, just floating about near shore. He wasn't diving or doing much but just biding his time, floating on the waves.

I often wonder about the King Eiders we get here in Gloucester. The ones that I've seen have always been alone. This little guy looked lost after the storm.

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

13 comments:

hip chick said...

I don't see these up here. I love the second from the last shot. It makes me want to play with him. Except for the really cold water part.

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
Wow lucky you man! I've only seen it once, and it was this year... There are quite rare over here too, and difficult to see as they usually stay at sea and not so close to the coast. Well done, you have some very nice shots of it.

madcobug said...

Great shots. First one of those I have even seen pictures of. Helen

Eve said...

Great peek a boo shot Steve. What a thrill, glad you were there.

Richard said...

More great shots Steve. It's always nice to be in the right place at the right time.

Barb said...

Magical captures, Steve - it seems almost as though I'd seen it myself. Wonderful movement in those waves and great detail in the Eider.

Jenny said...

I'm insanely jealous! What fabulous views you had of him. He looks pretty scruffy headed, is this usual? I'm not familiar with King Eiders.

Kerri said...

Fabulous...and that last shot is just amazing. Every time I visit I'm enchanted with your pics and envious of your talent :)

A New England Life said...

Isn't he interested! For being the king he looks a little worn. Kind of like he has a touch of the mange.

I'd be thrilled to see him in person though!

TonyC said...

Great shots Steve, I remember trying to pick out a King Eider on the Ythan Estuary in Scotland. The only problem was that he had25,000 Common Eiders keeping him company!!

Doug Taron said...

I've seen one, at a great distance. It was right after a storm along the Magnolia shore. Excellent sequence!

Arija said...

Probably thanking his lucky stars to have survived. Great shots, I had never seen one before, so thanks.

kate said...

Think I saw that same eider at Bass Rocks this weekend too!

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