Not so easy 😉
Thanks to everyone who had a go at the female Eider prize quiz. Not easy!
Six people named all 4 birds correctly to their taxon/ subspecies level. Well done- they were:
Kent Olsen, Davy Bosman, Liger Alexandre, Mike Buckland, Tony Davison and Hans Martin Høiby. (if I missed anyone- tell me quick!)
and drawn from the hat (by Abi Garner) the winner is drrrrrrrrrrrrr is :
I was heartened that by using new features and what for me is ‘right-now’ learning, these and other female Eider can often be identified to a subspecies/ lowest taxonomic unit level- especially when location and circumstance are taken into account. There’s’ more in the new book of course!
A copy of the Challenge Series: WINTER is on its way to Mike.
female Eider 1 (below) is a female Northern Eider – borealis
Above. Female Northern Eider, borealis, Sindri Skúlason. Quite a few plumped for faeroeeensis on this one. Many true Faeroes birds are a deep peaty brown colour- e.g. lovely photo by Silas Olofson in new book.
female Eider 2 (below) is a female Dresser’s Eider dresseri
Above. Female Dresser’s Eider, dresseri, by Chris Wood.
female Eider 3 (below) is a female Pacific Eider – v-nigrum
Above. female Pacific Eider v-nigrum, Chris Wood
female Eider 4 (below) is a female nominate (Common) Eider- mollissima
Above. female (Common) Eider – nominate mollissima by Martin Garner.
Fanad, co Donegal
Where much borealis discovery and learning happened for me. This pair while late on (June) and the male is a little worn and just beginning moult to eclipse- you can see nostril position looks pretty good for borealis on both- togther with other features. More on this in Challenge series: WINTER.