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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Leucistic Eider


During our search for "Elvis" the King Eider on the Ythan Estuary we came across this female Eider which appears to be leucistic or, if not, a very pale version of the bird. Any comment appreciated. The bird had definitely paired and the male was constantly close by but I guess that the lower numbers of females on the river means that the majority have already bred

 









 



A constant companion

Drakes resting after the exertions of breeding



The mouth of the Ythan estuary is home to a large colony of seals, noisy and smelly, 500 strong and very inquisitive.




 







Just chillin'





















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