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Black-throated Diver

Black-throated Diver
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 800, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-20 3:35
Viewed: 3989
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of Black-throated Divers at Otajńrvi (lake) in South-West Finland.

From Birdguides:

Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica)

In: Black-throated Loon Ca: CalÓbria agulla Da: Sortstrubet Lom De: Prachttaucher Es: Colimbo ßrtico Fi: kuikka Fr: Plongeon arctique It: Strolaga mezzana Nl: Parelduiker No: Storlom Pt: Mobelha-de-garganta-preta Sv: Storlom US: Arctic Loon Ru: Чернозобая гагара

The Black-throated Diver is smaller than a Northern Diver but bulkier and bigger than the Red-throated with a stouter more horizontal bill, and bolder, more black and white markings. Its immaculate summer plumage is unmistakable and key features in winter plumage include a broad triangular white patch around the flanks and more extensive dark areas on the head, nape and neck, contrasting boldly with the paler cheeks and throat.

Breeds on freshwater lochs and pools. Winters off coasts and occasionally on inland freshwaters.

Forms tight feeding flocks in winter

Birds leave their breeding grounds during September to October to coastal or more southerly areas, returning in April-May.

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Hi Pekka,
One can almost feel those heads bobbing up & down in the water :)
You've shown those distinctive neck markings/stripes well here,
Good note on this species.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-20 15:32]

Hi Pekka,

Howard stole my thought - that's what I was going to say! I love the stripes and the sparkle in the one visible eye. The wavy water looks very inviting. I think this is the first time I have seen Black-throated divers.


There is a certain tonal quality in music..it seems like it should be accompanied by softly played pianissimo on a harp..a Celtic harp of course...I can feel the photographs vibrations...You have blended music with image and I'll wager you didn't even know it:-)

Hi Pekka,

you have a great bird picture archive.
Good capture of these birds.
What are the distance?


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-11-20 21:46]

what a special. i`m sorry that you weren't closer.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-21 4:12]

Hello Pekka, What are they doing in different directions? Well shot and sorrounded by beautiful blue sea/ Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-21 14:34]
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I've always wanted to see one of these unusual birds.
How big are they?
Great composition.
Perfectly exposed.
Good detail.

Well done,

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