Thursday, 17 April 2014

Beautiful Birds ~ Eider off the Ayrshire Coast

I love Eider Ducks, and have only seen them in Scotland and Northumbria.

You can just about make out the pink tinge on the front of the male

This time we were based in Ayr in the south-west of Scotland. We saw Eiders at a number of coastal locations - another species for my 2014 list! 

Male Eiders off the Scottish coast
I love the stylish green patch of feathers on the male.

It is always a joy to see these gregarious sea ducks doing what they do best.
Female Eider

The female Eider plucks down from her breast to line her nest. These birds became affectionately known as Cuddy ducks because back in the 7th century a hermit who later became St Cuthbert afforded them protection.

Raft of Eider approaching Girvan Harbour


eileeninmd said...

Hello Caroline! Wonderful shots of the Eiders. When I see them they are far away and hard to get a good shot.. They are great birds to see! Have a happy day!

Naquillity said...

so many beautiful places you have to roam around in and get these great photos... i love the male eider duck... it's adorable. lovin' that shot of the harbor too. hope all is well. have a great day~

L. D. said...

It is a beautiful place to watch the birds on the water. I have never seen this type of bird before now. It looks like they have been dipped in white paint. Great shots.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, Caroline! I love eider ducks, such handsome birds and they make a wonderful sound too

Linda said...

Absolutely beautiful! Happy Easter.