By Cara Sulieman
A RESTAURANT in Edinburgh has a tempting new dish on its premises – duck nestling on a bed of rosemary.
But this bird is not a tasty treat, but a pregnant mum looking for somewhere to nest.
Instead of choosing the usual home of a hollowed out tree or deep vegetation, she has chosen a herb garden on a restaurant terrace.
And it’s the second year in a row the feathered friend – nicknamed Confit – has taken up residence at Tower Restaurant in Edinburgh.
General Manager Gareth Hoffman said: “One of our cleaners found her when she was cleaning some of the tables.
“She’s quite a posh bird really, as she’s enjoying all the different types of bread we put out for her each day from the restaurant.
“We knew straight away it was her this time as she went to exactly the same place in the herb area, on top of the rosemary.”
The duck appeared two weeks ago and it seems likely that she will stay until her eggs hatch, like she did last year.
Keith Morton from the RSPB said: “The fact that the bird has chosen to nest there means she is really quite happy, especially if she has been there before.
“Ducks often have a tendency for wacky nesting places, but some do get themselves into trouble.
“This duck seems to be very tasteful, though, about her choice.”