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Red-throated Diver

Red-throated Diver
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Copyright: Stephane Moniotte (moniotte) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 40] (188)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-06-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 990, Swarovski AT80 HD, Cokin UV 28mm
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-27 4:48
Viewed: 5839
Points: 21
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Another digiscoping shot!

The red-throated diver is the smallest of the divers, also called loons. Breeds far into the high Arctic, and winters mainly on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific. Also in the Great Lakes of North America, the Black, Caspian, and Mediterranian Seas. It breeds mostly on fresh water, generally in fairly open marshes; often found to be nesting by small pools. It winters on inland waters along sheltered coasts on freshwater lakes and rivers; occasionally away from water.

The diver's characteristic call is extremely loud and can be heard far away. It is used to proclaim the occupation of a territory. It sounds like a long, low-pitched whistle with some very clear notes interspersed. It is made by both mates at once. When disturbed or threatened, the red-throated diver produces a raven-like croaking call of warning. It also uses a short, frequently repeated, gooselike cackle, which it gives when flying over its own or neighboring territory. Red-throated divers, as most loons, have a variety of ritualized behaviors, including a series of stereotyped swimming ceremonies, which are performed by pairs.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-01-27 6:25]

Ce couples de canard est vraiment spécial avec le rouge à l'avant sur le cou et leurs yeux persan. bon résultat et bonne composition. Merci pour l'envoi.

That blood-red eye is very captivating. I love these guys, you have done very well again with this combination of camera and scope. Even the OOF diver seems to add depth to the image, nice work.

A lovely couple. they really look like a male and a female, the smallest one having a thinner neck and a feminine look in her eyes.
I like the framing of these two loons, they are centered in the pic but being placed not completely side by side and their beaks making a diagonal it works very well. The light greenish overcast gives a fresh air feeling. Very good.

I'm surprised with the name change. Must be another one of those politicaly correct name changes.
Gaviidae,Loon. Thus It should be Red-throated Loon. Why diver?
Anyway, nice shot and composition. Would have benn nice to have seen both in focus, maybe digiscoping has a point of focus and lose out on DOF, or it's the DOF setting.
I find the frame tight.


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-01-27 14:27]

Co tu du¿o pisaæ poprostu dobre zdjêcie.

Good shot, nice soft colours.
Well done.

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  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-01-31 4:01]

An excellent shot. Here in turkey we can olny see this bird from miles away! Excellent sharpness and color. Congradulations and thanks for this superb photo.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-04-29 3:11]

beautiful and unusual couple. red eyes are so intresting! nice shot. tfs

very nice kind, very nice photo.

beautiful, try to darken a little, TFS Ori

Nice portrait.Small dip is a species very rare.I like red on their neck.After I was more beautiful if you let big.So better believe it.

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