EIDER

The common eider(Somateria mollissima) is a large (50–71 cm (20–28 in) in body length) sea-duck.

The eider’s nest is built close to the sea and is lined with the celebrated eiderdown, that the female plucks from her breast to line the nest. This soft and warm lining is harvested for filling pillows and quilts, eiderdown harvesting  is sustainable, as it can be done with no harm to the birds. Down is replaced with straw for bedding.

All those images were shot in Knarranes islands, West Iceland, during two seperate harvests, in 2012 and 2013.