8 April 2010

Black Throated Diver

A Black Throated Diver in one of the local harbours this morning. It came close to the quayside allowing me to fire off hundred or so shots.

Exposure was tricky, a black and white bird on the sea on a very bright day. Most of my keepers were when the light was behind me of course.

There were loads of little tiny fish around so I guess it was feasting on those.............

I think it's a Black Throated Diver and not the very similar Pacific Diver. It appeared to have the diagnostic white patch on its flanks although you can't see it so well in most of these photos.

A nice addition to my photo collection, it'll go alongside the Red Throated Diver from last month.

Also around was a lone scruffy looking Black Necked Grebe, a few Scaup, several flocks of Red Breasted Merganser and half a dozen Red Necked Grebe.

The weather has been great the last week but until today the birding was very very quiet indeed. An Osprey and a Goshawk were nice flyovers on the river and the first Oriental Turtle Dove appeared last Sunday. The female Gadwall has been sticking around, here are 3 photos from 3 separate days.

And here is a very short video of a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker in Goryokaku Park.

I got up to watch the 2 Champions League games, I wasn't surprised Arsenal lost but quite how Man U could throw it away after leading 3-0 is beyond me.

Liverpool aren't going to finish 4th. Only the Europa Cup then. Should I get up in the middle of the night to watch them against Benfica?

So we may get a car by Saturday, paperwork permitting. I hope the weather holds.

After our car died last month my wife's laptop conked out last Sunday meaning after buying the car we then had to buy her a new PC. Never ever buy a computer made by Sharp.

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  1. Like the BTD - usually a distant speck for me.
    Link clicked - you are on the first page now!
    all the best

  2. Hi Stu,
    Wow cool you could get 100 pics of the black-throated diver, but now you do have to psot-treat them ;-)
    Got the same with Harlequin that I found yesterday in reykjavik... Got 200 shots of them and most of them are cool but need slight treatment... They were really close...
    Nice also to see that the female gadwall sticks around. They tend to do that here too....

  3. Hi Stuart, yes they're usually only specks for me too......I got lucky with this one. Thanks for clicking!

    Hi Chris, actually I didn't have to do too much with these. I just totally ignored the overexposed ones............Harlequin Duck are a nightmare to photograph, you have my sympathy.

  4. A dubious BTD off South Shore, Blackpool last week could have been clinched if it had been that close...in my dreams...nice one Stu.



  5. A lovely set of Black-throated pictures. Like the one where it is just dipping the bill - that water is so clear, not much like the Ribble!

  6. Very interesting bird this Black Throated Diver, love your images of him ;)

  7. Lots of great stuffs here as usual!
    I also think it's a Black-throated Diver. These birds have too many names, I was so confused when first learning about them. Nice Gadwall shots also, especially the stretching one. First time for me to see the pattern of the female's wing clearly.


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