GREAT NORTHERN DIVER [Common Loon.]
COLYMBUS GLACIALIS, Linn. [Gavia immer.]
A moment of epiphany. On a visit to Spalding in Lincolnshire - the bulb
and tulip centre of England - I visited the small local museum and saw in
a large glass case a mounted Great Northern Diver in all its glory. Probably
the only way, bar finding a deceased diver, of seeing the extraordinary
plumage and form of this wonderful bird close-up. The Loon is just so dashed
well designed! It became imperative to (a) immediately adopt the bird as
my own personal motif; (b) find out as much as possible about the species
and its solitary habits.
1. Still at the front of Borin's folio of artwork, the large-bodied loon
off shore during a fishing expedition. 2. Coloured especially for this website,
to emphasize the red eye of the loon, this head and neck in its monochrome
form sat on the first page of Borin's one-man comic book 'Urban Paranoia'.
3. Way back to art school: a little egotistical, n'est ce pas? 4. The Deconstructed
Loon: from ink blots to clumsy land-walker with dagger-like bill. 5. That
last frame in full, glittering in black and white. 6. Loon in flight and
(7.) in full cry on the water: the geometric loons carrying chessboards
on their backs.
The Common Loon is the national bird of Canada and is depicted on the Canadian
one-dollar coin, which is therefore nicknamed 'the loonie'.
For more information about the natural history of The Loon, try the RSPB's
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