Eider Drake

Eider drake floating on the currents in a small bay on the Northumberland coastline.

Eider Drake : About Eider Ducks:

The Eider Duck is the UK’s largest and heaviest duck and in fact is the largest duck found in the whole of the northern hemisphere. Despite their large size they are also the fastest flying of our native ducks. They are very rarely found far from the coast as they rely heavily on their main food source, molluscs, a dependence which as sadly brought them into conflict with mussel farmers. Eider ducks were once highly prized for their incredibly soft and warm eiderdown; used to fill pillows, quilts and winter jackets. This practice has now been largely replaced by the modern use of down taken from goose farms and synthetic alternatives. However some niche producers still continue this age old practice as eiderdown harvesting is completely sustainable and causes little to no disturbance as it can be done after the ducklings leave the nest.

You can find out more about Eider Ducks here.

If you would like to photograph these stunning sea ducks why not join one of my puffin and seabird workshops.

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Eider drake floating on the currents in a small bay on the Northumberland coastline. Eider Drake : About Eider Ducks: The Eider Duck is the UK's largest and heaviest duck and in fact is the largest duck found in the whole of the northern hemisphere. Despite their large size they are also the fastest flying of our native ducks. They are very rarely found far from the coast as they rely heavily on their main food source, molluscs, a dependence which as sadly brought them into conflict with mussel farmers. Eider ducks were once highly prized for their incredibly soft and warm eiderdown; used to fill pillows, quilts and winter jackets. This practice has now been largely replaced by the modern use of down taken from goose farms and synthetic alternatives. However some niche producers still continue this age old practice as eiderdown harvesting is completely sustainable and causes little to no disturbance as it can be done after the ducklings leave the nest.

 

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