Friday, 27 March 2015

Eider duck




2018/ Whitby
2016/ Seahouses
2015/Seahouses
2009/ Seahouses

Female
The UK's heaviest duck, and its fastest flying. It is a true seaduck, rarely found away from coasts where its dependence on coastal molluscs for food has brought it into conflict with mussel farmers. Eiders are highly gregarious and usually stay close inshore, riding the swell in a sandy bay or strung out in long lines out beyond the breaking waves. It is an Amber List species because of its winter concentrations.



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