Yes another duck, but this one is royalty!

Common Eider ducks visit us every year in winter, and usually they stay far away from me. For years I have taken pictures of Eider rafts in the distance, and they don’t really show much except that there’s a lot of ducks swimming close together.

Today I was lucky though, I approached a raft of Eiders in Blackhead, and instead of swimming away they swam in closer! Soon I was able to see individual ducks, and then this handsome fellow presented himself:

King Eider - Blackhead

King Eider – Blackhead

I knew there was a chance of a King among the commoners, but even so it took me a while to find it in the group, there were just so many ducks:

Common Eiders - Blackhead

Common Eiders – Blackhead