Portrait of a Diver: the Pitsford Great Northern

The juvenile Great Northern Diver, present at Pitsford Reservoir since 15th December, has been showing rather well, presenting superb photographic opportunities for visiting birders. Here are a few.

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 17th December 2013 (Douglas Goddard)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 17th December 2013 (Douglas Goddard)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 17th December 2013 (Frank Porch)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 17th December 2013 (Frank Porch)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 19th December 2013 (Phil Jackman)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 19th December 2013 (Phil Jackman)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 19th December 2013 (Clive Bowley)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 19th December 2013 (Clive Bowley)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 20th December 2013 (Bob Bullock)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 20th December 2013 (Bob Bullock)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 20th December 2013 (Martn Dove)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 20th December 2013 (Martn Dove)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 24th December 2013 (Mike Alibone)

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 24th December 2013 (Mike Alibone)

… and some ropey video …

Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, 24th December 2013 (Mike Alibone). Click on the cogwheel and change to 720pHD to view at higher resolution.

The broad, neat pale fringes to the upperpart feathers indicate it is a juvenile (plainer upperparts with distinct spotting on coverts and more prominent neck ‘gashes’ in adult). Great Northern Divers have appeared almost annually in Northants in recent years. They are the commonest diver to occur in the County with 29 records in the last 45 years, outnumbering Red-throated and the rarer Black-throated with 23 records and 10 records in the same period respectively.

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2 Responses to Portrait of a Diver: the Pitsford Great Northern

  1. Barbara Nunn says:

    Seasons Greetings Mike,
    “Off holly tree”? Does Pitsford Res only have one holly tree? If so, where please? Thanks, Barbara

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