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Slavonian Grebe

Observed: 26th January 2013 By: Norwich NaturalistNorwich Naturalist’s reputation in BirdsNorwich Naturalist’s reputation in Birds
Slavonian Grebe
Description:

Found the previous week, but it took more cold weather to bring it within photographic range!

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chrisbrooks's picture

ID comment

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/314104

Looking at this recent posting and the ensuing debate, could this be a Black-necked Grebe. They look very similar.

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My instinct too

My instinct too

Ray

Ray

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Hi guys.

I can understand your thoughts, the two species are similar in winter, however in the field this was certainly a Slavonian Grebe (I have seen both in winter plumage at this site previously). I think this is a 1st-winter, hence the white at the back of the head and duskier neck. It was present for over a week, with many people getting much better pictures than mine!

The bird had a stout, level bill (as opposed to the finer and slightly upturned beak of Black-necked). The bill was pale at the base and with a pale tip, and in most poses had a flatter crown than BNG.

Regards,
James