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_____________________________________________________________________ Birds 115 – Great Northern Divers

                               

 

 

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

 

                                                                      GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer

 

·         Great Northern Divers or Great Northern Loons Gavia immer had always eluded the photographer in the sense that he had only ever seen them occasionally and from a great distance prior to encountering this particularly confiding first-winter individual early in 2018. It had been reported as being very approachable and there was excellent evidence for this when observing some of the superb photographs that had already been posted on social media. Thankfully the photographer was able to obtain fairly detailed information about where to find it from Ian Ballam, an expert birdwatcher and photographer with local knowledge of the area. Despite a period of poor weather a trip down to the south coast was made and fortunately the weather was splendid for most of the day. This also applied to the performance of the diver as it fished for Shore Crabs Carcinus maenas in a marine lake in excellent light and for a protracted period. Many thanks to Ian for having provided an opportunity for this splendid bird to be photographed.

  

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