Note the very distinctive black and white appearance of the Male Eider in Winter and the wedge shaped appearance of the head.
The Male Eider in Winter has white upperparts and black underparts. It's bill is large and wedge shaped and it has green patches on the back of the neck. The Males head is black on top and the breast has a pinkish tinge. The Eider is a large marine diving duck feeding on shellfish.
Adult Male Winter
General distribution: Breeds In Northern UK, Iceland and Scandinavia. Winters on the open sea down to western France.
Habitat: The Eider is a marine bird venturing into rocky low lying grassy bays where the Female sits in the open on her nest relying on her excellent camouflage to remain unseen.
Notes: The Eider nests and winters in colonies of various sizes. It is a well known fact that Eider line their nest with down from their underside which almost led to their extinction in the 19th Century due to it's unequaled insulating properties for clothes and bedding. Eider are still farmed in Northern Europe for this purpose but it is done sustainably and small amounts are taken from the nest over the nesting period.