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Of course you do need to install 'Java' to be able to see it. Easily done! It installs quickly & it is free. Just click on 'Free Java Download' here.

The Soviet image (PhotoArt of Nature) archive proved, many years ago, to be a fruitful source of images. But I wish that I knew the name of the photographer, whose fine image of a Common Loon (Gavia immer) I display above. The 'PhotoArt of Nature' is long gone, however, as this site must move to a new location in 2009.

This lovely bird, whose haunting call echoes across so many lakes in the Northern hemisphere, is in dramatic breeding plumage.

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