Heading down to the coast, I was recollecting the time my brother and dad came down to visit me earlier in the year. despite patching regularly then too I had never connected with the sum. plum. BTD which had been lingering around. My brother, on the other hand, had managed to see it in a single visit! As a result I was just grumbling to myself that I wanted to see it too (in the childish manor that one does). I plonked my scope down at the usual seat at Swanpool Point, looked at the first thing that came into focus and sure enough... there one was!!! A stunning summer plumage Black-throated Diver!!! Brilliant! I found a further 12+ Black-throated Divers (all winter plum. ones) scattered throughout the bay during the course of the afternoon along with an accompanying 5 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 3 Sandwich Terns.
Slavonian Grebe (left) and Red-necked Grebe (right) lingering offshore together