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Great Northern Diver - Islom - Gavia immer
Svartnäbbad Islom - Amerikanjääkuikka - Plongeon imbrin


Divers can be notoriously difficult to identify in flight. At Skogsøy, near Bergen, we can see all four species in a single seawatch - especially in May.

Adult Great Northern Diver in flight
Adult Great Northern Diver, Skogsøy, Øygarden, Norway, May 2016

Adult Great Northern Diver, Iceland, May 2022
Adult Great Northern Diver, Iceland, May 2022
It couldn't even be bothered to lift it's head up despite being aware of my presence. Maybe Icelandic birds are just that much tougher:)

Great Northern Diver in flight

Above and below, second cy Great Northern Diver in flight, Skogsøy, Øygarden, May 2014
These pictures were taken with a DSLR and a fixed 400mm lens.



Great Northern Diver in flight

Great Northern Diver in flight, Skogsøy, October 2017
Adult Great Northern Diver in flight, Skogsøy, October 2017

Great Northern Diver in flight, Skogsøy, October 2017
Great Northern Diver in flight, Skogsøy, October 2017

Great Northern Diver in flight, Skogsøy, October 2017
Great Northern Diver in flight, Skogsøy, October 2017
Great Northern Diver in flight, Skogsøy, October 2017


The book below is the best book for identifying northern European seabirds in flight:






The images below were all digiscoped

Great Northern Diver

This photo of an adult bird was taken at Skogsøy, Øygarden 14.05.2005


This photo was digiscoped at Skogsøy, Øygarden 03 February 2004








This photo of a second cy Great Northern Diver was digiscoped at Skogsøy, Øygarden 03 February 2004


This photo was taken at Skogsøy, Øygarden 14 February 2004

For further details on the occurrence of this species at Skogsøy click here

Great Northern Diver, drowned in fishing gear
Great Northern Diver drowned in fishing gear.
Sadly not an uncommon fate for these birds....



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