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Old Thursday 7th February 2008, 13:26   #1
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Arrow Red-throated (?) Loon at Paphos, Cyprus

OK, here's the next one fom Cyprus.
30 January was quite stormy weather and this bird was driven in to a short stay in a harbour by our hotel. I'm pretty convinced it's a Diver (or Loon) and the upturned stance of the beak makes me guess at Red-throated.
My book seem to suggest that neither Red-throated nor Black-Throated visit Cyprus much. Are these pictures enought to be sure which one it was?
It did dive quite a lot and flew around in the harbour a couple of times. The flight shots may be helpful. Looking at it through binoculars it always had its beak upturned like this.
It was probably 300 metres away, photographed from the hotel, as it didn't stay long. The picture with a Hooded Crow in the foreground may clarify its size.
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Old Thursday 7th February 2008, 13:29   #2
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I'm sorry but I have to disappoint you Alan!
It's not a Diver but a cormorant spp.sinensis in breeding plumage.

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Old Thursday 7th February 2008, 13:29   #3
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i'm afraid that's a cormorant. The continental birds have extensive white heads and necks
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Old Thursday 7th February 2008, 13:47   #4
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Thanks. I did see some Cormorants at a distance with some white markings, and also one very close which was almost all black.
I'm always glad I checked when things turn out wrong.
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Old Thursday 7th February 2008, 17:45   #5
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Yep, cormorant.
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Hello Alan
You're not the first person to misidentify [is that a word] a cormorant as a diver and you won't be the last. Happens all the time. Heaving seas don't help either.
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Old Thursday 7th February 2008, 18:04   #7
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You're not the first person to misidentify [is that a word] a cormorant as a diver and you won't be the last. Happens all the time. Heaving seas don't help either.
Thanks. Much appreciated.
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Thanks. I did see some Cormorants at a distance with some white markings, and also one very close which was almost all black.
I'm always glad I checked when things turn out wrong.
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Did you consider Shag for the very dark one? I remember seeing them more often than cormorant in the Mediterranean

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Old Friday 8th February 2008, 07:59   #9
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Did you consider Shag for the very dark one? I remember seeing them more often than cormorant in the Mediterranean

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Yes I did but I find it very difficult to tell the difference. It looks like a Cormorant to me but I am open to comments on this bird.
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Yes I did but I find it very difficult to tell the difference. It looks like a Cormorant to me but I am open to comments on this bird.
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It's a Cormorant as well
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It's a Cormorant as well
Thanks.
It was worth a try!
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