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 those pictures 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 on Deadmans Bay Path near 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 – Deadmans Bay Path, near 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 – Deadmans Bay Path, near Blackhead