The common loon, also known as the great northern diver, is a much loved symbol in the folklore of north America. With its dazzling plumage and haunting call it was also one of the lesser known stars of the film On Golden Pond. Husband and wife team Andrew Anderson and Dodo Humphreys have followed the loon throughout a year on the northern lakes. They explore the preservation work of people who make artificial islands for nest sites, rescue birds trapped in ice, and help to promote the loon's cause in the face of threats to its habitats from pollution, tourism, fishing, and natural enemies like racoons and turtles.
First broadcast on ITV on 26th July 1992 between 5.30 and 6.30 pm
First repeat on Channel 4 on March 23rd 1996 as part of the Hidden Kingdoms series
Second repeat on Channel 5 on 14th May 1999 (billed as 'Wild Voices')
Duration: 60 minutes
Narrated by Hywel Bennett
Repeat version narrated by Ian Holm
Music by Anthony Phillips
Filmed by Andrew Anderson and Dodo Humphreys
Produced by Petra Regent
NB: For reasons unknown, Ant did not receive an on-screen credit in the final programme.
A selection of some of the music from this programme (together with some material recorded for it but not used in the final programme) was released on The Sky Road
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