Somateria mollissisma is a rather bulky and short necked duck, with the female sporting a classically camouflaged plumage and the males a rather dapper suit of black and white. Unfortunately, when I was up on the coast of Northumbria most of the males seemed to be else where! I did manage to photograph one - who seems to be in one of the "bewildering variety of piebald plumages" mentioned in the BWP.
As you can see some of the females had ducklings with them - and I was also able to take some shots looking almost straight down on the females that were swimming in the harbour at Seahouses.
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