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Old Sunday 10th December 2006, 17:53   #1
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Great Northern Diver

Previously, all the Great Northern Divers I'd seen were miles out at sea, and I just relied on the illustration in the Collins Guide to show me how nice they were in detail.

This week however, one has taken up residence on a local boating lake. Today, using the car as a hide, we were lucky enough to get views of this wonderful bird catching crabs (feeding very well) down to about 5 yards! Despite the heavy rain and very windy conditions, we even managed a couple of pictures. I just need some sun tomorrow morning now, so I can try again before work...... (See website for pics)
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Old Sunday 10th December 2006, 18:08   #2
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A great series of photos. Any of the Divers are usually quite approachable. Last few winters we've had a Great Northern Diver in the local harbour and around the fish quay. Red-throated are more common though. Always a lovely sight to see.
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Old Sunday 10th December 2006, 20:29   #3
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They seem to have an appetite for crustaceans! There's quite an influx in the Netherlands and Belgium at the moment. Most are on freshwater, where they catch(introduced) American crayfish.
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Any of the Divers are usually quite approachable.
That's not what we've found Ian, but then ours are usually miles out on the sea
Here's one from today though...
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Old Monday 11th December 2006, 17:16   #5
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That's not what we've found Ian, but then ours are usually miles out on the sea
Here's one from today though...
Great close up Chris

Once they've arrived then both RT and GN Divers are pretty approachable in the harbours over here, 20-30yds no probs. Likewise with the BT Divers we saw in the summer in Scotland.

Maybe it's just the Manxmen they're wary of
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Old Monday 11th December 2006, 17:41   #6
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I don't know if our Solent diver visitors are approachable or not. I've only ever seen them once - today - and then they were a few hundred metres offshore. Having said that, they don't seem to mind people in boats, if what I saw today was anything to go by.
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