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
a large glass case a mounted Great Northern Diver in all its glory.
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
well designed! It became imperative to (a) immediately adopt the bird
my own personal motif; (b) find out as much as possible about the
and its solitary habits.
1. Still at the front of Borin's folio of artwork, the
off shore during a fishing expedition. 2. Coloured especially for this
to emphasize the red eye of the loon, this head and neck in its
form sat on the first page of Borin's one-man comic book 'Urban
3. Way back to art school: a little egotistical, n'est ce pas? 4. The
Loon: from ink blots to clumsy land-walker with dagger-like bill. 5.
last frame in full, glittering in black and white. 6. Loon in flight
(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
one-dollar coin, which is therefore nicknamed 'the loonie'.
For more information about the natural history of The Loon, try the