Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata)
More commonly seen feeding around our shores in dull winter plumage the Red-throat Diver is perhaps one of our finest looking birds. For the short time during the breeding season (
April – September) the Red-throated Diver changes to display a more glamorous appearance. The distinct red throat, the mournful wale contribute to establish the rain goose as one of our most interesting, but mysterious, birds
The Red-throat Diver is the smallest of the divers and breeds in the west and North of Scotland, Shetlands, Orkney and Outer Hebrides. While around 17,000 birds over winter in the UK the breeding population is around 1,000 – 1,600 pairs.