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|
It is always a joy to see these gregarious sea ducks doing what they do best.
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|
- Phil Gates on the Eider at Seahouses (The Guardian Country Diary 22 April 2013)