Bronze / 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.