Yellow-billed Loon
Gavia adamsii

1/6000 s at f14, ISO: 800, Nikon D300 w 500 mm and 1.4X tele-converter


"Yellow-billed Loon." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.The Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii), also known as the White-billed Diver, is the largest member of the loon or diver family. Breeding adults have a black head, white underparts and chequered black-and-white mantle. Non-breeding plumage is drabber with the chin and foreneck white. The main distinguishing feature from Great Northern Loon is the longer straw-yellow bill which, because the culmen is straight, appears slightly uptilted.It breeds in the Arctic and winters mainly at sea along the coasts of the northern Pacific Ocean and northwestern Norway; it also sometimes overwinters on large inland lakes. It occasionally strays well south of its normal wintering range, and has been recorded as a vagrant in more than 22 countries. This species, like all divers, is a specialist fish-eater, catching its prey underwater. Its call is an eerie wailing, lower pitched than Great Northern Diver.
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada
 
07/05/2010