Common Eider Male
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Taken at Port Seton on 15th December 2017 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.




 



Taken at Musselburgh
on 11th June 2017 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Strutting his stuff.
Taken at
Port Seton on 11th November 2016 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Male Eclipse Plumage
Taken at Musselburgh on 16th October 2016 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens.
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Male 1St Summer
Taken at Irvine Harbour on 3rd June 2016 using
Nikon D5200
with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens.
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Female
Taken at Musselburgh on 4th June  2017 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Female Lunching
Taken at Musselburgh on 30thJuly 2017 using
Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Hatchling
Taken at Musselburgh on 4th June  2017 using
Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Juvenile
Taken at Musselburgh on 11th June 2017 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Juvenile
Taken at Irvine Harbour on 23rd June 2016 using
Nikon D5200
with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens.
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Hatchlings
Taken at Musselburgh on 26th June 2010 using Nikon D40X
with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
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Male and Female in flight
Taken at Stevenston
on 12th October 2014 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens.
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Juvenile in flight
Taken at Torness on 6th December 2015 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens.
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Male in flight
Taken at Dunbar on 14th March 2017 using Nikon D5200
using Sigma 600 mm lens.
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Common Eider.
Species: Order: Family: Local Names: Somateria mollissima.
Anseriformes.
Anatidae.
Cuddy's Ducks.
Site Of Nest:
Materials:
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Plumage:

Length:
Breeding Period: Eggs:
Close to the sea.
Lined with, believe it or not, Eider down plucked from
the female's breast.
Crustaceans and molluscs, with mussels being a favoured
food. A particularly famous colony of Eiders live on the Farne
Islands in Northumberland. These birds were the subject of
one of the first ever bird protection laws, established by
Saint Cuthbert in the year 676. About 1,000 pairs still nest
there every year. Because St. Cuthbert is the patron saint of Northumberland, it was natural that the Eider should be
chosen as the county's emblem; the birds are still often
called Cuddy's ducks in the area, "Cuddy" being the
familiar form of "Cuthbert".
Male has bold black and white plumage with greenish
nape and pinkish breast. Female rich browns.
50-71 cm
Late April.
4-6.
Voice: