March 17, 2014

Cruisin'

Cruisin' by ricmcarthur
Cruisin', a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This is the king eider we went to see at Bronte Harbour. At first he was sitting at the edge of the ice with his head down making him hard to see or id.
He finally started swimming around and moved to an ice shelf where  two female eiders were.

He got up and walked around like a penguin.

Very unduck like.
He is in non breeding plumage.

Somateria spectabilis
The female King Eider alone attends the nest. When an intruder is present, the female sits low on the nest with her head flattened on the ground. She sits tightly on the eggs and sometimes can be touched or picked up off of the nest.

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