Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Evening Creature Feature, Common Eider

The Common Eider is, well, common here in Gloucester. It is one of the bonuses that we have. These sea ducks like the cooler waters and they are never found inland. Gregarious and social ducks, they very rarely squabble.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

This time of year, they are going into the seasonal eclipse plumage. The breading season is over and the it is time to start working towards renewing the feathers.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

The males coming out of their breeding plumage with start to pal around with the non-breeding males.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

Even in their eclipse plumage, they will have their cool ‘57 Chevy tail fins.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

When the winter comes along, they will start turning into their classic plumage. This pair was shot in January.

Common Eider 22 January 2012 - 001_

Be sure to check out my other Eider images.


Cheri said...

They are beautiful and you captured them beautifully!

Kerri said...

Wonderful series!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Gorgeous birds, Steve. I enjoy both the images and learning more about these regal guys.

dAwN said...

Super shots! We have been seeing a few here on Cape Cod too.

Judy said...

That last capture - he is a handsome fellow!!
Your typo - I am wondering if you mean non-breeding, or unbreaded. I am trying to imagine breaded ducks, and it is just not coming...

Steve Borichevsky said...

Good catch, Judy.

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