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Cormorants and Divers

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Group: 
Birds

Often seen fishing just offshore; divers can be mistaken for cormorants so a careful look is needed.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Black-throated Diver

Gavia arctica
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A species associated with northen areas of Scotland but a small number are seen in Dorset in winter


 

 

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Great Northern Diver

Gavia immer
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A small number usually over winter in Poole and Portland Harbours.


 

 

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Internet Open Source

Red-throated Diver

Gavia stellata
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A scarce winter visitor seen off shore in sheltered locations.


 

 

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Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo
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A familiar shape and sight around inshore harbours, lakes and rivers


 

Shag

Phalacrocorax aristotelis
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A cormorant look-a-like but seen more often than not on open sea and on sea cliffs