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Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver
Photo Information
Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-31 0:53
Viewed: 3277
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A juvenile Great Northern Diver at Bough Beech reservoir nature reserve.


From Birdguides:

Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)

In: Great Northern Loon Ca: Calàbria grossa Da: Islom De: Eistaucher Es: Colimbo grande Fi: amerikanjääkuikka Fr: Plongeon imbrin It: Strolaga maggiore Nl: IJsduiker No: Islom Pt: Mobelha-grande Sv: Svartnäbbad islom US: Common Loon Ru: Полярная гагара

The Great Northern Diver is substantially bulkier than the other divers with a heavier bill. In summer plumage it has distinctive dark and pale bands around the neck and traces of this pattern can still be seen in winter as a diagnostic dark half-collar. The crown and nape are uniformly dark and the head has a curious flat-topped appearance, emphasised by the steep forehead.

Breeds on large freshwater lakes. Winters off coasts and on estuaries.

Solitary in winter.

Birds arrive in their European wintering grounds from October-December, returning north to Iceland and Greenland in Apr-May.

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very nice capture for beautiful Diver, with reflection. It is a nice selection for greeting card. I wish you a Happy New Year, Pekka

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-31 1:46]

Hello Pekka,
outstanding image and reflection.
Beautiful colours and presentation.
Happy New Year 2009

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-31 1:48]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent portrait of this Diver, sharp and well composed. I especially like the lighting and the reflection of the water.
Have a great New Year 2009.Best regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-31 4:05]

Hej Pekka,
I love Divers and this is a beautiful close capture! Excellent sharpness and beautiful light and colours.
TFS and Happy New Year, Ulla

Hi Pekka,

nice shot of this Great Nothern Diver with beautiful light.

Happy New year 2009.


hello Pekka

beautiful shot of the Great Northern Diver
with fine POV and beautiful warm luminosity
and colour tones and reflection on water, TFS

Happy and Healthy Year 2009


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-31 11:05]

Hi Pekka. I see you have bee out and about in the cold taking pictures. This is a good close up of the Great Northern Diver. A good reflection in the still water. The bird has a good shape to it. well done TFS.

A happy new year to you It was good to meet you and i hope to do so again in 2009.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-12-31 23:48]

Hello Pekka,

The young bird mirrored by the water surface looks very nice. There is a fine light you have captured and therefore fine warm colors.

Thank you for sharing and have a Happy New Year,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-01 14:20]

Very good photo of this Great Northern Diver!
Superb sharpness.
Well composed.
Excellent DOF.

Well done and Happy New Year!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-01 17:41]

Hi Pekka,

I've not seen a Great Northern Diver before so this is my first introduction to a new bird for the year 2009! A lovely shot in the warm light. I love the reflection! Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-04 10:52]

Hi Pekka

I saw some of these when I was in Iceland (although they were too far away to get shots) so it is lovely to see one here. I love the pink early light and the great POV. The reflection in the water is nice too



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