Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Common Eider

If there is one bird that I find misnamed, it would be the Common Eider. There is nothing I find common about it. This is the mature male in his formal wear. Like other eider species, the common eider has two scapular ornaments. ©2011 ShootingMyUniverse

©2011 ShootingMyUniverse

©2011 ShootingMyUniverse
 
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18 comments:

Kelly said...

Cool, cool, cool! I love the angle on the first shot. Those bills are something you can really study...all the color gradations and the shape. Love the close-up of the waterproof feathers as well...

texwisgirl said...

Beautiful - and yes, very uncommon to me.

Chris said...

I think you are totally right. I don't know why it is named like this, but maybe because it was so common in the past ;-) Nothing common in the bird. Beautiful set of pictures Steve...

Johnny Nutcase said...

Hot diggity, Steve! Excellent photos!

Carol Mattingly said...

One cool bird Steve. Carol

Roy said...

Stunning images of a beautiful bird Steve.

A New England Life said...

That is one magnificent bird, Steve.

Linnea said...

The details and colors are wonderful - both the bird's and the water's! Enjoy the day.

sheila lynch said...

I love your shots of the uncommon eider, especially the close up of the feathers!

J Bar said...

Beautiful shots.
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chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

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RNSANE said...

He is quite the dapper bird, looking ready for a formal evening.

Kerri said...

Oh My ..... He is GORGEOUS!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Nice series of photos of an unusual water bird - the colours are all very striking, including the water!

Carolina Mountains said...

Stunning colors!

Carol said...

Beautiful duck. The bright yellow on it's face really stands out.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I agree with you: nothing common about this guy!


FANCY THAT!

A hunter of all kinds of water
Had neither a son nor a daughter;
But ocean and sea
Provided such glee—
He fancied adopting an otter!


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Linda said...

Your duck photos are so magnificent...detail is superb and the water ripples are lovely with the deep blue color saturation! I enjoyed, thanks for sharing! Linda

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