Eiders in spring

April 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

The lovely eider (Somateria molissima) is one of my favourite sea birds. In breeding plumage, the male is especially beautiful. These pictures were taken at Åkerøya, south Norway, with a hand-held 300 mm in a boat. The birds are very shy, and didn't let us come close, so the images are all heavily cropped.

A male taking off

Eider males

 

Several males court one female

Eiders in courtship

Trying to impress her by calling, but she's looking the other way...

Eiders in courtship

Now she's looking.

Eiders in courtship

She seemed to be impressed by that

Eiders in courtship

 

Look at me!

Eiders in courtship

Fighting it out...

Two males fighting

Truly a beautiful bird

Eider males

A little back lighting

Eider male

And a little rest.

Males and female Males and females

 

Thank you for watching! Lets hope for little fluffies soon!

If you would like to see larger images, they are in the collection Eider Spring


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