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King eider (Somateria spectabilis)

King eider (Somateria spectabilis)

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King Eider
I wanted to give this mount the look of an uneven base in a small area so an internal box was made for the case with a waved edge; this was painted black to contrast against the snow. The artificial snow was added to clear resin to give the impression of frozen snow. The King eider stands on an artificial rock looking relaxed. I used an artificial head from a taxidermy supply company showing the full wattle of the bird.





The King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) is a large sea duck, which breeds along northern hemisphere Arctic coasts of northeast Europe, North America and Asia. The birds spend most of the year in coastal marine ecosystems at high latitudes, and migrate to Arctic tundra to breed in June and July. They lay 4-7 eggs in a scrape on the ground lined with grass and down.

King Eider winters in arctic and subarctic marine areas, most notably in the Bering Sea, the west coast of Greenland, eastern Canada and northern Norway. It also occurs annually off the northeastern USA, Scotland and Kamchatka. This species dives for benthic invertebrates like crustaceans, polychaete worms, and molluscs, with mussels being a favoured food. Wintering birds can form large flocks on suitable coastal waters, with some flocks exceeding 100,000 birds.