King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)

Male King Eider

Male King Eider

King Eider among Common Eider, Female common Eider beside the King Eider

King Eider in the middle of a flock of Common Eiders

One of the prettiest ducks that winter in the area is the King Eider. Over the last few years, I’ve been looking for the King Eider, in order to obtain some decent photographs of this beautiful bird. A few years ago, on a birding festival on Cape Ann, I saw the bird and obtained a very distant picture of it. The reason that it is hard to see the King Eider is that they occur as a singleton rather than a large group of birds The other day, King Eider was located in the among a huge flock of Common Eiders. It took me to separate trips down to the canal before I located and photograph the King Eider.

King Eiders breeds in the Northern Hemisphere Arctic coasts of Europe, North America and Asia. Most of the year there in the coastal marine eco-systems at the high latitudes and for breeding purposes migrate to the Arctic tundra. It mainly will winter in the Arctic and subarctic areas, especially the Bering Sea, among other areas. King Eiders are smaller than Common Eider. Once you have seen one, you cannot miss it, because of its blackbody, white breast and its multicolored head. The female King Eider is hard to distinguish from other eiders, it’s differences a shot ahead and feathering onto the bill is rounded rather than triangular in shape.


Myer Bornstein

I photograph the natural beauty of Southeastern and Rhode Island and other locations Country and elsewhere. I also publish a blog about the area and other interesting vistas and locations.

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Myer Bornstein

Myer Bornstein –Photo Bee 1 has been involved in photography for many years and studied photography at the New York Inst. of Photography. He is now retired and photographs the natural beauty of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island and other locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. He also publishes a blog about his works natural history and includes, book and equipment reviews. You can view my blog at Myer Bornstein has won 1st Place in the South Shore Massachusetts Daniel Webster Photo Contest, Best of Show in the Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island 2011 Photo Contest, and was one of the twenty-four finalists in the 2011 Massachusetts Audubon Photo Contest. He received one of three Judges' Choice prizes in the "Share the View" International Nature Photography contest in 2011 plus had second picture as one of the featured 250 runner ups. He also placed another photograph in the 2012 contest. He was awarded first place in the “Chasing the Light” Juried competition, Flights of Fancy. He’s has also been published both on line and in Nature Magazines and in Books. Recently he had the honor of having the first "50" point photograph in the Pro-Am tournament conducted by The Images for Conservation Fund in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He teaches photography classes and instructs about Lightroom 4. He also is a volunteer naturalist and photographer for Allen Pond Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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