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Spectacled Eider

Spectacled Eider
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-03 6:39
Viewed: 1872
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri) is a large sea duck that breeds on the coasts of Alaska and northeastern Siberia.

The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 5–9 eggs are laid. This species dives for crustaceans and molluscs. The winter range is poorly known, but satellite tracking has led to observations of large flocks of the birds about 100 km southwest of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea during March–April. This area has large populations of bivalves in the underlying sediments at depths of about 60 m that the ducks dive to feed on.

The Spectacled Eider is slightly smaller than the common eider at 52–57 cm in length. The male is unmistakable with its black body, white back, and yellow-green head with the large circular white eye patches which give the species its name. The drake's call is a weak crooning, and the female's a harsh croak.

The female is a rich brown bird, but can still be readily distinguished from all ducks except other eider species on size and structure. The paler goggles are visible with a reasonable view and clinch identification. Immature birds and eclipse adult drakes are similar to the female.

The Spectacled Eider is listed in the US as a Federally Threatened species and is unhuntable.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
mooie eend met een geweldige mooie kop
Goed van scherpte en prachtige kleuren
bedankt weer gr lou

Sharply focused.
Great notes too, as usual.
An interesting presentation.
Greetings from Mario.

Hello Peter - Head and body facing in opposite direction. Centering the whole bird gives normally the best result to me and you have also follow it. I like its composition very much. Good details and colour. A new species to me. Like layer on water. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

Hello Peter,
Hope you are well. Another fine shot though the light, I am afraid, did create some problems but you are an expert in all the fields of photography which is praiseworthy and we have got this wonderful shot where the ripples are adding a great deal to the overall beauty of the scene.There is a fine blend of colours here which is moving, thanks a lot for sharing a beautiful bird and shot once more, take care,
warm regards/Abid

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-11-03 10:13]

Hello Peter

Very nice image of this sea duck, excellent clarity, beautiful colors, fine details, very nice composition and lighting. Thanks for sharing.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-03 10:41]

Hi Peter,lovely pose and magnificet specie,a great capture of this specie,excellent details and colors,interesting new post in your rare birds collection.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Another lovely capture in fine details and clarity.I like the colour scheme too.
Best regards.....joy

Ciao Peter, great portrait of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-11-04 0:18]

Hello Peter,
An interesting species this Spectacled Eider, it's the first time I see this species. Very original picture, the duck seems to laugh..
Walsrode is really a goldmine for bird-lovers.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-11-04 0:40]

Terrific object, beautifully captured. I like also the ripples around the bird.



The preening activity has caused ripples around the bird and they look wonderful in this action image, Peter.

SUPERB CAPTURE of this duck in action with good focusing.The ripple in the water looks nice.

Ciao Peter. Razor details impressive DOF and sharp. Best regards MF.


hallo Peter, deze eider eend zie ik voor het eerst. Je hebt er een mooie compositie van kunnen maken met een uitstekende scherpte. De waterkringen maken de foto helemaal af. - Monique -

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