After a nice long hike out the East Coast Trail beyond Cape Spear, I darted into Blackhead on my way home. A quick look driving in yielded nothing, but as I drove out I spied a black and white ball tucked into the cove.
Time to hike again. I headed into the trail to see the lone Common Eider bobbing on the water. Without a doubt, this was the best look I have ever had of this species.
This was the first time I had ever seen an eider in this area. Wonder how he got separated. He certainly seemed well enough. The moment he spotted me, his instinct to get away kicked in very quickly.
Keeping one eye locked on me, it wasted no time swimming out into the open water.