Common Eiders are actually very common in Iceland. However, when the word common is used in the name of a species, it doesn’t refer to the abundance of the bird. Rather, it means the same species is found in both the Old World (the eastern hemisphere) and the New World (the western hemisphere). This is a male in his black and white breeding plumage. Notice the light green patches on the side of his neck and the rosy pink breast feathers. This photo and the next two were taken in Akranes, Iceland.