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Is this a grebe?

Observed: 2nd January 2012 By: ht787
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Is this a grebe?

Seen on Caldecotte Lake, in a managed park area.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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ID Comment

A female and the clearly defined edge of the head colouring makes me think this is a Goosander rather than a Red Breasted Merganser but I may be wrong ?

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You are right, Chris. RBM

You are right, Chris. RBM never has a sharp-edged neckline like that.



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I thought I was right but there was just a tiny wee element of doubt. Chris

ht787's picture

Thank you

Thank you - it's very different to the merganser picture in my book but at your suggestion I have done a web image search for the goosander. It certainly does look like a female goosander. Thank you!