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Common Eider duck, Somateria mollissima   

Common Eider Ederfugl Eidereend Haahka Eider à duvet Eiderente
Edredone Ærfugl Eider Ejder

Following pictures are from Jökulsárlón, Iceland, June 2004


It is hard to understand how any animal can live her in this cold lagoon,
with a temperature that must be very close to zero-degrees C - or freezingpoint.
However, the more we looked around, more animals and birds showed up.
Seals and eiders were all over, in between the icebergs.

Even in this cold area, they are able to have chickes, and to feed them.

North-eastern Iceland, June 2004
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Photo: © Dennis Olsen

Denmark, November 2006
Photo © Jørgen Scheel

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The Eider is a social bird, and often breeds in large colonies. Quite often you may find it together
in groups of gulls and Greylags.,

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Normally the eider lays from 4 to 6 eggs. After 4 weeks the chickes come out,
and after only another 1 or 2 days, the chicks leave the nest and go into the water.

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Down at the seaside, it is not difficult to find other females (aunts), whom may assist the mother with her chickens.
Often several mothers and chickes are seen together.

© Jorge Sierra
Oil - and other disturbanses - near the breedingplaces, seems today to be the most important reasons that the number of eiders are decreasing. 10.000 eiderducks lost their life near the island of Vega in 1982, when a 70 thousand tons large greece cargovessel could find the right way and grounded. But there are more oiltankers to come, too.....


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