As for the common eider, it’s a lovely duck, even though the male’s eyes are invisible in most of my photos: something about black on black. That’s what makes this one of my favourites of the shots I got in Reykjavik harbour: I can actually see its eyes.
And the common eider has an uncommon family life, too. Apparently females often band together to jointly care for those pesky young. That was a big relief to me, because while I thought the first of these photos showed a pretty standard nuclear family, the second one seemed to speak of Big Love.