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Bad weather blows diving bird off course

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

The Great Northern Diver landed more than 650 miles from its usual winter home in Scotland Picture: Richard Austin

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A wayward great northern diver has been rescued after crash landing on the Somerset Rebels speedway track, near Highbridge.

It is Britain's largest diving bird and is generally a winter visitor to the UK, residing in the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland. But high winds and torrential rain are believed to have disorientated the bird, causing it to make a rare visit to the South West.

Staff looking after the feisty bird at Somerset-based Secret World Animal Rescue Centre are having to treat the bad tempered diver with kid gloves – his strong bill and lunging power is being used to attack anything that comes near him including fingers and, even more dangerously, eyes.

Animal carer Leigh Thomas said: "He doesn't seem to have any physical injuries so he will be monitored, and well fed before being released back into the wild in a few days time."

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