Thursday, 11 November 2010

Great Northern Diver, Fleetwood, Lancashire

November 9, 2010:
Rough weather and very strong winds had persuaded this juvenile bird to seek refuge on the marine lake at Fleetwood. Even there conditions weren't good with large waves even on this small lake. None of it seemed to concern the bird which was happily diving and catching small fish. It was occasionally harassed by three Mergansers and a Black-headed Gull which presumably didn't approve of this invasion of their territory. When attacked or during the strongest gusts of wind it would adopt a low profile flattening itself almost to water level. Its orange-red eye can be seen in the above photograph.

[Flattened profile adopted when harassed or in strongest winds]

[A successful dive]

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