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Diver ID Essex, UK (1 Viewer)

Curlew2

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Is it possible to positively identify this single bird from these photographs taken of it yesterday off the Essex coast?
 

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Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
Agreed it is a Great Northern, but a very black-and-white looking individual, and does it show a thigh patch or is that just a wave?
 

Curlew2

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Thanks for your replies, greatly appreciated as always. The thigh patch wasn't conspicuous but the distance was challenging. Great Northern Diver is not uncommon at this location but there was some suspicion of Black-throated Diver amongst the observers present.
 
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