Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Special birds: Steller's Eider

Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri breeds in the Arctic, but many winter in the Baltic. Good areas to search for rafts of this very attractive diving duck are the seas off Estonia and Latvia, from November through to March. At this time, however, male birds will not be in their striking breeding plumage. And it can be cold and tough hereabouts at that time and trips to the offshore islands maybe needed, too. Photo by Jari Peltomaki.

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