Another Canadian Eider

in the North Sea area

On 15th December 2009 an adult male Northern Canadian Eider Somateria m. borealis was found in the Haringvliet a tributary to the northern part of Rheine-Meuse delta in the SW Netherlands. It displayed frequently to a group of male Mallards. It fed on the small freshwater mussel Dreissena polymorpha and in doing so was accompanied by a European Coot Fulica atra.
The bird is very similar to the  specimen of borealis which is in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto which was collected at Sukkertoppen in Davis Strait near W.Greenland on 10th March 1910.
 
Ron Pittaway wrote: ' Most authorities consider Greenland breeding Common Eiders to be borealis. It is also the subspecies found in the eastern Canadian Arctic north of Labrador and Hudson Bay. S.m.V-nigra breeds in the western Canadian Arctic and Alaska. There is a hiatus between borealis and v-nigra in the central Arctic. Jean Iron and I are very interested in the Hudson Bay Eider sedentaria.'

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Photography: Jean Iron & Norman Deans van Swelm

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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 15122009 0566 Haringvliet, Norman Deans van Swelm, The Netherlands


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 15122009 0582 Haringvliet, Norman Deans van Swelm, The Netherlands


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 15122009 0603 Haringvliet, Norman Deans van Swelm, The Netherlands


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 15122009 0611 Haringvliet, Norman Deans van Swelm, The Netherlands


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 15122009 0673 Haringvliet, Norman Deans van Swelm, The Netherlands


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 15122009 0675 Haringvliet, Norman Deans van Swelm, The Netherlands


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis head 15122009 Haringvliet, Norman Deans van Swelm, The Netherlands


Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 08031910 Sukkertoppen, Davis Strait 35491ROM 70167 photo Jean Iron c.jpg

Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 08031910 Sukkertoppen, Davis Strait 35491ROM 70167 photo Jean Iron c


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 08031910 Sukkertoppen, Davis Strait ROM70165 photo Jean Iron c


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 08031910 Sukkertoppen, Davis Strait 35491ROM70170 photo Jean Iron c


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis head 10031910 Sukkertoppen, Davis Strait


Eiders probably belonging to this race

were photographed by Chris van Rijswijk

at the end of the breeding season od 2010 on Svalbard.

See for comparison.

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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 24072010 4715 Longyearbuyen Svalbard c Chris van Rijswijk 


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 24072010 2508 Longyearbuyen Svalbard c Chris van Rijswijk


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 24072010 3576 Longyearbuyen Svalbard c Chris van Rijswijk


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 5036 Longyearbuyen Svalbard c Chris van Rijswijk


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Northern Canada Eider S.m.borealis 24072010 1609 Longyearbuyen Svalbard c Chris van Rijswijk


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