Franklin Square, NY
King Eider Duck
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While in New York City with some friends and family we went to the Central Park Zoo, located in the heart of Central Park. Although it is a small zoo compared to some of the other zoos around the New York City area it does boast some pretty interesting and amazing animals and has an area specifically for animals from the Rain Forest, with a Rain Forest atmosphere. In this photograph I took this beautiful colored King Eider Duck. I waited till he was standing to his side so that I could capture all of his brillant colors and body features. These sea ducks are highly social, and can often be seen on the water in big �rafts,� or flocks, particularly during the spring migration. In winter, they stick to waters near the coast or forage in open water shallow enough to allow them to find prey on the seafloor. During the nesting season, they flock to various tundra habitats, generally in low marshy areas. Eiders forage in the cold ocean waters in search of mussels, crabs, algae, and aquatic insects. They often dive down to the sea floor to find their prey. In the summer, they also eat plant matter.
April 8th, 2012
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