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interesting color on eider

Postby Pete-pec » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:47 pm

I shot this bird in 2005. I remember it having an unusual color about it, but half-forgot about it until I pulled it from the freezer to mount this last week. It has no green on the head. Instead, it has a color more similar to what a spectacled would have. Forgive me of the poor camera. I used the computer to take the photo, and the flash seems to brighten it a bit. The wings are less black than usual as well, and have brown towards the primaries. I'm not sure if it is a color mutation, or diet related, but pretty cool none the less. Of course you may not be able to tell from the photo, but the color is more yellow and rust than the pistachio that they normally have.

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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby AAR » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:55 pm

Must be a mutation, suppose a outlier in the spectrum of variation? Either way a cool bird :thumbsup:

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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby waterfowler20 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:10 pm

Agreed, a very cool bird. I would love to get an eider for the wall someday, along with many other different species. :yes:
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby backcast » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:47 am

I think it's a eider X ruddy :wink:
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby Pete-pec » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:50 am

backcast wrote:I think it's a eider X ruddy :wink:


Hey Rey, I think you're onto something?

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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby Decoy King » Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:07 pm

That is a really nice bird. I really want to shoot an Eider. But as far as I know we dont get any anywhere down here in Idaho.
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby backcast » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:34 am

Pete-pec wrote:
backcast wrote:I think it's a eider X ruddy :wink:


Hey Rey, I think you're onto something?

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Upon further review, there's got to be some paradise duck in it :lol3:
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby duxrus » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:14 am

I think he was just getting old and using a "feather piece" to hide the thinning.... :grooving:
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby chris_k » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:08 pm

You had a bird in your freezer for 5 years? :smile:
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby Pete-pec » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:12 pm

chris_k wrote:You had a bird in your freezer for 5 years? :smile:


Yes, it was from a sea duck hunt I went on in Boston Massachusetts. I assure you it was skinned, fleshed, washed, rinsed, and frozen in a block of ice. I'm sure it would have been fine indefinitely. The key to keeping a bird that long (and still remaining mountable) is keeping air from drying it out. Add the water, and you're good to go. Some taxidermists have had bird skins in their freezers for twenty years with no problem.

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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby canbakchaser » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:45 am

I love common eiders more than king eiders
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby Team rock » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:57 pm

Nice bird :thumbsup:
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby ClemsonDuckSlayer » Fri May 21, 2010 6:15 pm

I shot this eider with a very similar color scheme. It was lacking the normal green colorization and had a blue bill with a slight amount of brown on the wings. This bird was taken around plymouth and the guide said that he had never seen that colorization in a bird in 20 years. His best guess was that it was of the Borealis subspecies of the common eider since they usually have a less intense bill colorization, but he still said that it had odd colorization for even a Borealis.
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri May 21, 2010 10:07 pm

Borealis has a short, narrow frontal process and is usually yellow-orange and the lobe is straight and pointed, not rounded. Do you have a close-up of the head on it?

Pete, nice job and is good to point out how long one in ice will last. I still have skinned birds from the 80's in ice that are as fresh as the day I shot them. You get your turkey?
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby Pete-pec » Sat May 22, 2010 5:26 am

The Waterfowler wrote:Pete, nice job and is good to point out how long one in ice will last. I still have skinned birds from the 80's in ice that are as fresh as the day I shot them. You get your turkey?


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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby ClemsonDuckSlayer » Sun May 30, 2010 10:19 pm

Here's somewhat of a closeup on the eider head:
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby Pete-pec » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:06 am

Now that is a cool duck for sure. I'm with Pat on this one, (that it's a normal Atlantic Common Eider), but that coloration looks cool. Did you have your bird mounted this way, or did you make duck sausage?

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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby ClemsonDuckSlayer » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:55 am

He's sitting in the freezer for now, but i'll post the mount once i get it finished.
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:24 pm

It is an interesting coloration, but dead on for the shape of an Atlantic (dresseri). I'd keep the picture handy if you get it mounted, first for the taxidermist and secondly for the nay-sayers that say the color is wrong.
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby ClemsonDuckSlayer » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:07 pm

For anybody still interested, 3 years later...
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby WisconsinWaterfowler » Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:13 pm

Wow, a cool trophy for sure! I can't remember if I saw this post when it was first up or not? Regardless, it is very nice to see the finished product! :thumbsup:
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby Pete-pec » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:19 am

Very nice. Todd did a great job!
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Re: interesting color on eider

Postby JCraig12 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:22 am

Nice!
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