Forum > Identifying Birds > Diving Bird Identity?

Donabba Posted 30-Jan-2017 11:28
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On a canal in Huddersfield West Yorkshire, in December and January. Unfortunately no photos. Diving birds which resemble a grebe in shape. Low in the water, constantly diving for about 8 seconds underwater. Slightly smaller than a mallard. Black head with slight bulge at back. In the water,  Visible plumage is a pale tan colour. In flight there are clear white stripes in the centre of the upper wings. Have checked on many sources but not yet found a resemblance. I suspect it's not a native of Britain in summer.

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Hnadicap15 Posted 31-Jan-2017 14:21
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Sitting low in the water is a good clue, therefore one of the three divers resident in UK, red throated, black throated & great northern. In Scotland they're called 'Loons' irrespective of species, because of their call. The black head and lighter coloured back probably indicates great northern divers

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