February 27th   Leave a comment

The eiders are busy displaying in readiness for the coming breeding season. The males lift up their heads and stretch up their necks at the females, who tend to watch in quite a disinterested manner. They also have a lovely set of calls but they are quite quiet and easy to miss. The males make a gentle, repetitive “phoo -arr” to the females – almost like a 70’s builder, but one that has lost his voice or his confidence. The females respond with a quacking “no, no, no, no, no”, which perhaps explains the male’s lack of conviction.

Male eider displaying to a female

Male eider displaying to a female

Posted February 27, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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