Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO  

Eider Ducks Escort Service by Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

June 2020 - Eider Ducks Escort Service

June 2020 - Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

Original 1

June 2020 - Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Eider Ducks Escort Service
These are the Eider Ducks, the only group of ducks that thrive in salt water. It is a sea duck. This was created on the same private Island as the April image, the Horned Icelandic Ewe: Vigur Island in the Isafjordur Bay of Iceland. Only five people live in the Island and have dedicated their life to protect the Eider Ducks, and to harvest the eiderdown after the bird leave the nest until next breeding season. It is one of Iceland’s bigger Eider duck nesting ground with over 2000 nests. The ducks repeat the nest every time, and they are very used to the human presence and are not scared. The males are the ones with color, in this case with breeding colors and the female has a simple brown color. In the main image we see two males escorting a female. This image was created with a Nikon D5 with the Nikkor prime 800 mm f/5.6 with the 1.25x TC for a total of 1000 mm and with these settings: ISO 800, f/9 and 1/640 secs with a + 2/3 EC. The image was PP in lightroom, corrected for brightness, light in the shadows, clarity and vibrance, and was cropped. In the image labeled Original 1 we can see the normal disproportion of male-female ducks. We were told that most of the males in this group of ducks were young and courting the female. In the image labeled original 2 we can see the female duck with eggs on the nest and the eiderdown which will be harvested after they leave the nest so there is no harm to the birds.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Wow! That duck society must keep the females rest for the weary! Thanks for giving us some natural history along the way. Charming.   Posted: 06/04/2020 19:17:04

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Isaac, I like the position of the legs for the two females. Interesting info about the location and the involvement of the locals. I would like to see their faces turned a little to the camera to make a connection between you and the ducks. Bruce   Posted: 06/15/2020 21:14:25

Walt Brunner   Walt Brunner
Isaac, another interesting bird shot. Your research and sharing of the details make the shot more interesting. The pp is well done for such a long shot.   Posted: 06/20/2020 12:16:53

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Isaac, I am a huge fan of duck images and your narrative about the Elders is quite fascinating, as are your images. I love the clarity of the nesting Elder as she watches over her eggs, surrounded by the elderdown.   Posted: 06/20/2020 13:15:03

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Isaac, you image makes me smile and that is unusual for most images involving all but the most colourful ducks. It is your timing of the shot which to me makes this picture - evenly spaced with their position making it clear how they walk.
Then we have your very interesting detail given to us, which I add my thanks. I haven't seen these birds in the wild, but we have a strong Wetland Trust entity with a number of lake areas round the country, but the largest is Slimbridge, which is quite well known internationally.
I was also interested in your narrative about Iceland: we were due to be there next month for a week before moving on to the very north of Norway - but this will just have to be rebooked for another year!   Posted: 06/27/2020 08:23:27