I wasn’t expecting this, but while at Slimbridge Wetland Centre I decided that I have a new favourite duck. The Eider (which many people know of indirectly from eiderdown) is a visually arresting animal.
The male’s plumage is quite different from that of the females, with their eyes hidden in their black cap, a peach tint to their chest, and minty green at the back of the head. It’s quite different from any type of duck I’m familiar with back home.
As you can see on the right, the females have much more camouflaged appearance (perfect for sitting quietly on their nests lined with eiderdown).