Small flocks are sometimes seen in the estuary in the winter (see our Eider in Falmouth Harbour post in March) but are usually quite flighty when approached by a boat. This was a solitary male in eclipse plumage which, having already shed its main flight feathers, made no attempt to fly.
Insight into Eider (Somateria mollissima): a true seaduck, rarely found away from the coast.
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