During winter and spring migration they gather in huge flocks on the Bering Sea, concentrating in relatively small areas of open water within the sea ice.
"This is where the world's entire population of spectacled eider comes during winter," says Mr Jeff Wilson, who directed the shoot for the BBC natural history documentary Frozen Planet due to broadcast in 2011.
Studying and filming this spectacular gathering is difficult, due to the remote location.
However, in March 2008 the film crew joined a scientific research expedition to the region.
"The expedition allowed a unique opportunity to be in the right place at the right time, in order to find these big aggregations of spectacled eiders," Mr Wilson explains.
Using a ship-based helicopter, Mr Wilson and cameraman Mr David McKay flew over the sea ice to film the ducks from high-altitude.
The repeated attempts to catch a duck suggest it may be a common foraging strategy, and since studying the footage Prof Lovvorn has been contacted by other scientists who have witnessed similar behaviour in March this year.
He suspects that predation by walruses may impact the feeding and courtship behaviour of overwintering eiders in the region.
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