Sunday, 14 July 2013

84. Black-throated Diver (Gavia Arctica)

The Black-throated Diver has a similar distribution to the Red-throated Diver (although it's not generally found in Iceland!), however in North America/Canada and eastern Siberia the very similar Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) occurs instead. The Black-throated Diver's preferred breeding habitat is clear lakes or calm sea bays. In summer plumage, it's easily told apart from Red-throated Diver, but in winter when they look quite similar, the Black-throated Diver has less extensive white on its throat, a 'full-chested' appearance, more or less uniform black on its back and often a peaked forehead (as in the photo below). I have never seen a Black-throated Diver in summer plumage - maybe that should be next on my list.

Black-throated Diver, ©Stefan Berndtsson, via Flickr Creative Commons.
Black-throated Diver drawing.
Wahey, colour again! It didn't take so long today as the pose is more straightforward. I am really enjoying drawing the divers, maybe you can tell!

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