The red-throated diver is the smallest of the divers here in the UK. They have the ability to stay underwater for up to a minute and a half, and will often jump up before diving.
They have slightly up-tilted bills and a grey and brown colouring - this makes it easier to distinguish from other species. When summer arrives, these birds have bright red necks that make them even more identifiable.
Red-Throated Divers are quite clumsy on land, so will only come onto land for breeding.
Their diets consist of fish.
53cm to 69cm
106cm to 116cm
1.2kg to 1.6kg
Well-known for its stirring call and elegant look, the Common Loon is a widespread breeding visitor to lakes in the northern half of North America. They depart their nesting grounds each year to overwinter along the coast, giving birdwatchers around the United States and the United Kingdom a chance to see them in winter plumage.
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