Audubon's web site calls this bird "an uncommon and poorly known eider of the high Arctic." Although they know it's breeding population has declined by 96% in one area of Alaska, the health of the remaining population remains a mystery. This was the only one we saw in the four days we were there. It was feeding in a small pond southwest of town, thus the muddy appearance of its neck.
They go on to say that "Its remote habitat and bizarre, ghostly appearance contribute to its aura of mystery."
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