A Red-throated Diver flying overhead resembles a bit a weird goose species. This is emphasised by the goose-like sound they make in flight. When they land on a tundra pond, however, the difference becomes apparent. They have a much more slender body and sit deeper in the water when swimming. Contrary to geese, they are rarely seen walking on land. For a good reason, their legs are at the far end of their body, needed for diving but making it nearly impossible to walk on land.
At closer inspection, and under good light, the red throat is visible, but at a greater distance, this often looks black.
Red-throated Diver – Gavia stellata
Length: 55-67 cm, wingspan: 91-110cm
Only diver in the area, with a long neck and red throat.
Red-throated Divers breed near small tundra ponds, usually on tiny islands where they are safe from predation by foxes. When a partner returns, the other partner often welcomes him or her with a beautiful, loud call that can be heard from afar on the tundra. They feed at sea, where they dive for food as their name already indicates.