This beautiful eider duck was found earlier this evening on Ardentinny beach. He appears to have sustained an injury on his breast. At this moment we’re unsure as to the reason for the injury. He appeared unable to fly and made no attempt to escape. He’s now bedded down for the night in Ardentinny.org’s hen run. We’ll get him to the vet first thing in the morning. Watch for updates later on Monday.
Update 17 Oct. 2011: Sadly the eider duck died overnight. On closer examination this morning, he appeared to have a large wound (see photograph) possibly caused by a fishing hook.