NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Rare Harlequin duck in Aberdeen attracts bird watchers

Harlequin duck in Aberdeen
Image caption The duck was first spotted at the weekend

The arrival of a rare duck which has only been spotted in the UK a handful of times has attracted scores of bird watchers to an Aberdeen river.

The female Harlequin duck was first sighted on the River Don on Saturday.

Twitchers have travelled from across Scotland to catch sight of the bird, which is normally only resident in Iceland and North America.

The local RSPB group said there had only been 10 recorded sightings in the UK since 1950.

Image caption Dozens of bird watchers have been admiring the duck

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