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The King of Cape May Point

Alex Lamoreaux|

For over a month now, an immature male King Eider has been hanging out along the beach at Cape May Point. It is most often seen foraging around the jetty at the St. Mary’s dune crossing – that is where my friends and I were able to catch up with it on the evening of January 2nd. The eider was a lifer for Mark and the first time any of the three of us have seen an immature male of this species! We arrived at the St. Mary’s dune crossing a little before 4:00pm and at first, didn’t see the eider anywhere. A few minutes later, I spotted it right down in front of us! The bird had must of been hidden behind the jetty when we first arrived or was under water the whole time – something we realized may have been entirely possible since we witness the eider dive under and not resurface for several minutes at a time! Using one side of the jetty as a blind, I was able to photograph the bird at a nice distance. Although the position of the sun was not in our favor, I was able to get a few shots that I was happy with while Josh and Mark took some digi-scoped video.

Immature male King Eider at Cape May Point. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Immature male King Eider at Cape May Point. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Immature male King Eider at Cape May Point. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Immature male King Eider at Cape May Point. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

About the Author

Alex Lamoreaux

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Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086