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Common Eider | by Frode Falkenberg
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Common Eider

The Common Eider Somateria mollissima is the most common diving duck in Hordaland, western Norway. Despite several oil-spills during the last decade, with lots of Eiders involved, both the wintering and breeding population seem to manage quite well. An aukward thing about the Eiders of Hordaland, is that there are always as much as 65% males. Every year! This is more than other places along the Norwegian coast, and we do not know why. The photographed drake is from Øygarden, not far from Bergen, 11 January 2013, during our annual wintering seabird count.

 

Read more about the day in my blogpost "the annual seabird count"

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Taken on February 11, 2013