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Common Eider male - Barnegat Light, NJ

November 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Drake Common Eider shaking off water:

Adult male Common Eider swimming in the cold waters of Atlantic Ocean, Long Island, New York during the Winter months on the East CoastCommon EiderAdult male Common Eider

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Common Eider is the largest duck in the Northern Hemisphere. One of the best places to see them, and to photograph them is Barnegat Inlet, especially the jetty at the Barnegat Light State Park, New Jersey. These ducks come down to our area for the Winter and often can be seen floating offshore in flocks of up to several hundred or even thousand birds. "Eider down, famous for its insulating qualities, is used in large amounts in the nest lining of these ducks, helping to keep the eggs warm in frigid northern climates. In some places, such as Iceland, the down is harvested commercially at coastal "eider farms," where the wild birds are encouraged to nest in sheltered nooks built for them." - Audubon


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