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2008-10-05 00:00:11

Investigators searched Saturday for the source of a mystery oil slick off the Scottish coast that has fouled scores of sea birds. Volunteers had found at least 130 birds covered with oil, The Scotsman reported. The slick in the Pentland Firth between the mainland and the Orkney Islands was first noticed in mid-week. Officials said they believe the oil was either illegally dumped by a ship or released from a wreck. Richard Bradley of British Marine Divers Rescue said the slick comes at...

2008-06-19 06:00:15

By Emily Pykett SCOTLAND'S seabirds could be in the grip of another dire year, according to the latest counts of nesting birds across the UK. A report from the government advisory panel, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), highlights that in 2006 the red- throated diver, Arctic skua, black-legged kittiwake, Arctic tern, black guillemot and Atlantic puffin have all encountered problems with breeding since the last annual counts took place in 2005. A smaller study of fulmars...


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Great Northern Loon, Gavia immer
2012-12-17 13:02:12

A large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds, this species is well-known as the Common Loon in North America and the Great Northern Diver in Eurasia; its current name is a compromise proposed by the International Ornithological Committee. There are 5 loon species that make up the genus Gavia, the only genus of the family Gavidae and order Gaviiformes. The Great Northern Loon is only one of those 5 species. The Yellow Billed Loon or the While Billed Diver is a large black headed...

Pacific Diver, Gavia pacifica
2012-03-22 23:41:29

The Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica), also known as the Pacific Loon, is a species of bird in the loon family Gaviidae. Its habitat is on deep lakes in the tundra region of Alaska and northern Canada as far east as Baffin Island, and in Russia east of the Lena River. Unlike most other loons/divers, the Pacific Diver may migrate in flocks, wintering at sea along the Pacific Coast, or on large lakes over a much wider range, including China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, USA and Mexico. The...

Black-throated Loon, Gavia arctica
2012-01-13 00:06:06

The Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica) is an aquatic bird found in the northern hemisphere. In North America this species is known as the Arctic Loon. In Eurasia it is known as the Black-throated Diver. Its current name is a concession of both other names, proposed by the International Ornithological Committee. The Black-throated Loon is one of a many species that was originally described by Linnaeus in his eighteenth century work, Systema Naturae. The genus name, Gavia, comes from the...

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2005-06-14 11:50:49

Black-throated Diver, known in North America as the Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica), is a medium-sized member of the loon or diver family. It breeds in Eurasia and occasionally in western Alaska and winters at sea or on large lakes over a much wider range. Breeding adults are 63 cm to 75 cm in length with a 100 cm to 122 cm wingspan. They are like a smaller, sleeker version of the Great Northern Diver. They have a grey head, black throat, white underparts and checkered black-and-white...

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2005-06-02 10:24:13

The Red-throated Diver, known in North America as Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) is the smallest member of the loon or diver family. It is typically 55-67 cm (24" to 27") in length with a 91-110 cm wingspan. It is considered to be the most widely distributed diver and is known to breed in northern Eurasia and Arctic Canada. It winters over a much wider range on coasts and on large lakes. Breeding adults have a grey head, red throat, white underparts and dark mantle. Non-breeding...

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
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