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Old 29-11-17, 05:04 PM
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I'd love some help identifying this bird. It was catching small fish like nobody's business on the river. I thought it might be a juvenile, but I've never seen this bird on this stretch of the river.


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Old 29-11-17, 06:56 PM
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I'd love some help identifying this bird. It was catching small fish like nobody's business on the river. I thought it might be a juvenile, but I've never seen this bird on this stretch of the river.


https://imgur.com/a/th7i7
It is a Little Grebe
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Old 29-11-17, 07:16 PM
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Wonderful! thank you very much Longhambirder
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Old 03-12-17, 06:51 PM
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I too have a diving bird, taken three weeks ago at the see on the north Wales coast.
It was not shy and I got to within ten feet of it. Any ideas to what it is ????diving-fisher-20171027_142414.jpg
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It would be nice if some indication of size or scale could be given, but the upturned bill, pale underparts and mottled back suggest Red-throated Diver to me.

They're quite common off the western coasts at this time of year, and often very close in and confiding. A couple of years ago one remained on Fairhaven Lake near Blackpool for weeks on end, and didn't seem too phased by passing dogs, people or indeed enthusiastic photographers...

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Thanks for that Tony , as for size it was about the size of a large coot
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I'm not sure its not another guillemot?
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It's a diver for sure, and I'd agree with red-throated. Looks like a juvenile with the smudgy cheeks and neck.
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I'd love some help identifying this bird. It was catching small fish like nobody's business on the river. I thought it might be a juvenile, but I've never seen this bird on this stretch of the river.


https://imgur.com/a/th7i7
A little grebe in winter plumage
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Old 06-12-17, 05:24 AM
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I too have a diving bird, taken three weeks ago at the see on the north Wales coast.
It was not shy and I got to within ten feet of it. Any ideas to what it is ????Attachment 13456
Black throated diver in eclipse plumage
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