Pal-Mates — weekend web tip

King Eider drake

It’s easy to be impressed by the King Eider, Somateria spectabilis. These are tough birds which breed on the tundra. Although they have been bred in captivity for many decades, they are definitely not easy. In general, the price of birds relates to the difficulty of breeding them. This species is definitely something to aspire […]

Common Eider

Common Eider pair — Martin Garwood There are six subspecies of Common Eider recognised: Pacific S. m. v-nigrum — of north east Siberia to north west North America; wintering Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Northern S. m. borealis — of the Arctic Atlantic; wintering around north Atlantic coasts as far as the Gulf of St […]