Thursday, 9 June 2011

Relaxing on the beach

This Great Northern Diver bizarrely decided to haul itself out of the water each night and sleep on the beach at Praia da Vitoria. It was ridiculously approachable, so much so that unfortunately meant it probably wasn't too great health wise. Earlier in the winter, when it first turned up, it was slightly oiled. However, when it did finally decide to go for a swim (it often couldn't be found during the day), it gave a quick flap of its wings and was seen to be in extremely heavy wing moult and unlikely to be able to fly. Anyway, a fantastic bird and a real bonus to see close up - particularly when it eye-balled me!

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