Saturday, 31 January 2009

Spring is in the air...

Today ranks as one of the best days I have ever had for photographing Long-tailed Ducks in the harbour with some amazing action. The males were constantly displaying on the sea and would then erupt in to flight, gaining height of about three or four metres, slow down in mid-air and 'flutter' over the ducks. Many of the Eiders seemed to be catching Starfish.



















6 comments:

Monty said...

Lurrrrrrvly Long-taileds mate.

Chris said...

Nah, Eiders eating star fish get my vote.

Alan T said...

Hugh, great shots almost as expected. Are the bill colours on these birds typical of Common Eider around Shetland? (i.e do they all have the slightly yellower tone)

hughharrop said...

Hi Alan

Eiders here in Shetland (and Orkney) are considered closer to faeroensis than nominate mollissima(BWP). The yellow bill 'tone' is highly variable but generally the birds are brighter than their southern counterparts. It would not surprise me if the brightest of our birds were claimed as borealis further south.

The next time I work with Eiders I will try and get some pix of bill variation.

Cheers

HH

Alan T said...

Yes, Martin Collinson has a bit to say about borealis over on his blog.

Eagleseagles said...

Just wonderful!

I really love those Longtailed Ducks but the frolic-ing Eiders are a winner!

Cheers
C