Na­ture’s crooner

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild Spring -

‘Ah­h­woooh!’ The coo­ing of the male eider is one of Bri­tain’s most won­der­ful wild sounds – uniquely sooth­ing yet also com­i­cal. In The Na­ture of Spring, Scot­tish nat­u­ral­ist Jim Crum­ley de­scribes it as an “ex­trav­a­gant wood­wind yo­del”. If you see a flotilla of these sea­d­ucks close in­shore, you might also be treated to the drake’s dis­play, in which he flicks his head back and points his bill to the sky, show­ing off his peach­coloured breast. By con­trast, the brown fe­male is as dowdy as can be, the bet­ter to hide her nest.


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