Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) is probably one of my favourite duck species. These beautiful birds breed along the Arctic coasts of eastern Siberia and Alaska, and last time I was lucky enough to experience them was during my Alaska trip in 2005. I spent seven days in Barrow, Arctic Alaska - smack in the middle of Steller’s breeding grounds.
This time I go for a week to northern Norway, Finnmark, where hundreds, maybe thousands, of Eiders roost before going east to their breeding grounds on the tundra of Siberia. I will also be looking for King Eider (Somateria spectabilis), and seabirds on the Hornøya bird island.
I will be leaving on Thursday and will try to keep you posted.