subadult in nonbreeding plumage (California, USA; 2010-04-25)

Red-Throated Loon
Gavia stellata

Native Range: North America and Eurasia

Notes: sharp and relatively thin bill usually held at an upward angle

"motorboating" (California, USA; 2010-04-25) nonbreeding plumage (California, USA; 2010-04-25)
head (California, USA; 2010-04-25) oil-soiled and struggling to walk on land (California, USA; 2010-04-25)
adult in nonbreeding plumage (California, USA; 2009-01-31) diving (California, USA; 2012-01-07)
motor-boating (California, USA; 2012-01-07) lazily swimming (California, USA; 2012-01-07)
flying just after take-off (California, USA; 2012-01-07) fully airborne (California, USA; 2012-01-07)