SPECTACLED EIDER

The Spectacled Eider is a large sea duck ┬áthat tends to occur mainly in areas where travel is difficult for humans — boggy tundra in summer, at sea around pack ice at other times; its winter range far out in the Bering Sea was unconfirmed until recently. Its remote habitat and bizarre, ghostly appearance contribute to its aura of mystery. Spectacled eiders nest within a narrow coastal strip of Alaska and in northeastern Siberia. Female spectacled eiders prefer to nest in sedge meadows and on peninsulas and islands adjacent to tundra ponds such as found around Barrow, Alaska where the following images were obtained.

SPECTACLED EIDER PAIR

SPECTACLED EIDER PAIR FLIGHT

 

SPECTACLED EIDER FLIGHT

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