King Eider - Koningseider

King Eider

Koningseider

Somateria spectabilis

Pictures: Teus Luijendijk

King Eiders are still very rare in The Netherlands, with only 9 individuals seen until 2000. Two of these were present from September 2000 onwards near Oudeschild, the old ferry harbour of the famous island of Texel. They were absolute long-stayers, with one lingering in the little harbour of NIOZ (a bit further towards the South) into 2001. This gave the opportunity of being witness of the moulting into breeding plumage of this beautiful duck. I did so when there was also a report of a  Great Northern Loon Gavia immer at the very same site. After arrival at the harbour, both birds were easily spotted. Although the loon was rather elusive, resulting in only fairly distant views, the King Eider performed well, allowing me to take some video shots both using the 20x zoom and through 'digiscoping'.

  King Eider  -  Koningseider  Somateria spectabilis  male;  videograbs (320x), contrast-enhanced.
  't Horntje, Texel NH, The Netherlands, 30 December 2000.

 

 
 

King Eider  -  Koningseider  Somateria spectabilis  male;  videograb (20x), contrast-enhanced.
't Horntje, Texel NH, The Netherlands, 30 December 2000.

 

 
 

King Eider  -  Koningseider  Somateria spectabilis  male;  videograb (20x), contrast-enhanced.
't Horntje, Texel NH, The Netherlands, 30 December 2000.

King Eider  -  Koningseider  Somateria spectabilis  male;  videograbs (320x), contrast-enhanced.
't Horntje, Texel NH, The Netherlands, 30 December 2000.

 


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