/ 2018 / Nature / Wildlife

The landing

  • Prize
    Bronze in Nature/Wildlife
  • Photographer
    Pål Hermansen

This is a project about the eider duck, Somateria mollissima, a bird that is very well
know along the northern coasts. It is seen all year round and was the first domestic bird
in the Norse culture, more than 1000 years back. It has been an important contributor to
income for the coastal people, mainly because of the isolating eider down, a costy product
that was paying well off in hard times.
In winter time, the birds gather in places with much food, and these images are made at
one of these places in Norway where they spend the winter time. They prefer fishing
harbours or places with strong currents, where they can dive for food, as remnants from
fisheries, sea urchings, crabs and other crustaceans.