Yesterday I had the, ummm, privilege of being called for jury duty. I have thoughts on that to share with you all but for today I want to share something more exciting. Pictures of a male king eider in the Cape Cod Canal.
He’s been seen regularly there for the past couple of weeks and Dale and I stopped and looked for him last Friday on our way to Doreen and Mark’s. We didn’t see him that day, which was a bummer.
After I was dismissed from jury duty yesterday I called Dale and said, “should I go look for the king?” He said YES. I was only about 15 minutes away and so off I went. And after a quick walk along the canal I spotted him in a large group of common eiders.
I took 76 pictures of him but today I’m only sharing five. Aren’t you glad?
It’s uncommon for the king eider to be spotted in our area and he’s been attracting a lot of attention and visitors. He’s a beautiful and perfect specimen of his species and, as my brother-in-law Randy says, he’s pretty easy to find with that big knob on his head. In other words, he sticks out like a sore thumb.
Or, as another birder said to me yesterday, he’s all over Facebook. Of course I added my photos to that collection even if they aren’t as close up and amazing as some of the ones taken with better telephoto lenses than I have.
I’m really glad I got the opportunity to see this beautiful bird.