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Common Female Eider - (Somateria mollissima) by Robert Taylor

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The eider’s nest is built near to the sea and is lined with the eiderdown that has been plucked from the female’s breast.
This soft and warm lining has for years been used for filling pillows and quilts but in the last few years it has been largely replaced by down from domestic farm geese and man made synthetic alternatives.
Eiderdown pillows or quilts are now a rarity but eiderdown harvesting still continues as it can be done after the ducklings leave the nest with no harm to the birds.


  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 4 years ago

    Wow what an amazing capture!! This is stunning! Such wonderful details!

  • Thanks a lot Dave & Trena…..

    – Robert Taylor

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray…..

    – Robert Taylor

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    A beautiful looking bird, great capture.

  • Thanks a lot Andrea….

    – Robert Taylor

  • Betty Smith_Voce
    Betty Smith_Voceabout 4 years ago

    Simply gorgeous… Thanks Robert for introducing this one.

  • Thank you Betty…..

    – Robert Taylor

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Robery!

  • Thank you Tinary….LOL

    – Robert Taylor

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsabout 4 years ago

    A wonderful subject!!!

  • Thanks Trev……

    – Robert Taylor

  • ducilla
    ducillaabout 4 years ago
    A beauty !..Nice image of a great bird..Dennis
  • Thank you very much Dennis……

    – Robert Taylor

  • Meladana
    Meladanaabout 4 years ago

    Great shot and good info!

  • Thank you very much…

    – Robert Taylor

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    November 24, 2010

  • Thanks a lot Teresa……appreciate it….

    – Robert Taylor

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Thanks a lot Andrea….

    – Robert Taylor

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