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King Eider

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King Eider

Post by BrianR » 20 Jul 2015, 16:55

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About 16.30 hours on 22nd June Jill Harden noticed an unfamiliar duck close in offshore off North Rona. Jill took notes after it had been joined by some ♂ Eiders and a couple of hours later rejoined her collegues on the island (Steph Elliot, Dave Jones and Stuart Murray). Having described the bird to them Steph suggested it could be a ♂ King Eider and a short while later they relocated it but by now much further out. Stuart went to the closest point to the bird and managed to get some record shots of this first record for North Rona.

There have been four previous records of ♂♂ in Outer Hebrides waters (1979, 1983, 1992 and 2004) and two of first-winter ♀♀ (both off Rubha Ardvule, South Uist - 1st May 2012 and 11th November 2013).

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