David Element

 

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_______________________________________________________________ Birds – 169 – Red-throated Divers or Red-throated Loons

 

 

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

    

 

 

                 RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata                                        RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

   

 

                 RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata                                        RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

   

 

                 RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata                                        RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

   

 

                 RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata                                        RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

       

 

                                                                                RED-THROATED DIVER OR RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata

 

·         The majority of these photographs of Red-throated Divers or Red-throated Loons Gavia stellata (the latter vernacular name has been adopted from New World terminology for the officially recognised British List by the British Ornithological Union) were taken in very unforgiving lighting conditions on Shetland where this elegant bird is a reasonably common breeding species, utilising the many small and often remote lakes on these islands. Most of the images have been software-adjusted in order to convert them from silhouettes and show some of the colour and patterning although the fifth image has been left unadulterated in order to illustrate a pair of these birds as they were actually seen. The courtship sequence of these birds (on land) is said to be an event that is only rarely witnessed so although these images were taken in dull and wet conditions and from a considerable distance necessitating severe cropping and the use of high ISO settings they have been included for interest. The final three photographs are of a juvenile Red-throated Diver that turned up way off course in Regent’s Park, London at the end of October 2019. This bird managed to become trapped in a grille and as it was underweight and not feeding properly it was taken into temporary captivity in the hope that it could be fed and regain its strength prior to being released off the East Norfolk coast. As may be seen from the photographs it didn’t seem to enjoy being netted! The bird made a good recovery and the Royal Parks’ Conservation Officer Tony Duckett was able to release it successfully in early November. The pictures have been included here as they give an unusually close view of this normally shy and elusive species, albeit during the process of being rescued. With thanks to Tim Stenton of Shetland Wildlife for making the arrangements to see the Shetland birds.

 

 

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