Structural features are evident too, notably the short, rounded 'fluffy' body, the slim, upturned bill and the high triangular head shape (Steve Young / www.birdsonfilm.com). The plumage differs significantly from Great Crested Grebe also, being much drabber and lacking in contrast. The grebes are aquatic duck-like birds, with representatives on all continents except Antarctica. Occasionally, however, pairs have summered at inland sites and even bred. Red-throated loon Gavia stellata. Grebes make floating nests on the water. Great Crested Grebe (Grevenbicht, The Netherlands, 16 December 2007). Red-necked Grebe (Finland, 5 August 2015). Though a long-necked large grebe, this non-breeding Red-necked Grebe looks very different from Great Crested – shorter bodied, thicker necked, heavier headed and stouter billed. Although a black-and-white small grebe, it looks less contrasty and more drab and dingy than Slavonian. If you continue to use this site we’ll assume you’re happy to receive all cookies. These breeding-plumaged Slavonian Grebes are no exception, resplendent in their black and russet feathering, with erect golden head plumes and bright 'redcurrant' eyes. Little GrebeGreat-crested GrebeRed-necked GrebeSlavonian GrebeBlack-necked Grebe. Unlike Black-necked Grebe, the dark cap only extends down to the eye, where it forms a sharp, straight border with bright white ear coverts. This close-up of a breeding Slavonian Grebe shows its gaudy plumage in its full glory. The whole effect is therefore slightly less like a Little Grebe and more like a diminutive Great Crested Grebe. This is a stockier species than Great Crested: shorter-bodied, thicker-necked, larger-headed and shorter and stouter-billed, lacking the more extreme serpentine proportions of its cousin. Also obvious here is a particularly short body and 'fluffy', 'powder puff' rear end reminiscent of Little Grebe (Alan Tate). The combination of less white in the forewing and darker body plumage results in a less strikingly black-and-white appearance on the wing than Great Crested (Tomi Muukkonen / www.agami.nl). Nevertheless it can be readily identified by its large size, long, low body, angular head profile, long, slim bill, long, thin neck and attenuated, almost snake-like apperance. This delightful group portrait shows Black-necked Grebes in both summer- and winter-type plumages, a combination also possible in Britain in early spring. This non-breeding Great Crested Grebe retains the elegant, almost snake-like proportions but has lost its breeding plumage adornments. Downy young Slavonian Grebe shows a rather complicated black and white face pattern but this is soon moulted out and, in Britain, only likely to be encountered at breeding sites. Cantaloupe Melon. There is a narrow dark loral line and the bill is pink. Some species of Grebes are great crested grebe, red-necked grebe, and short-winged grebe. Note that this orange colouration is not the remnant of an adult summer plumage. At such close range, the structural and plumage features are easy to see, but look how prominent the amazing red eyes are (Bill Baston). Though broadly similar in size to Black-necked Grebe, this species is structurally rather different with a low, sloping forehead, a flat crown, a short, straight bill and a slightly longer body. Note the russet foreneck, the quickest way to separate it from Black-necked Grebe, but note also the pale line across the lores. * Bird News Pro and Bird News Ultimate subscribers receive full sighting details. Two species of grebe are common in Britain, the Great-crested Grebe with its magnificent orange and black ruff is a bird of large lakes, while the more secretive Little Grebe or Dabchick is usually to be found in ditches and streams. Winter gatherings can be significant and double-figure flocks of this species are not uncommon. He is also author of several books and numerous ID papers. Note also the supremely elegant proportions with a long, slim bill, slim head, long neck and long, smooth body (Steve Young / www.birdsonfilm.com). Also obvious here are small but bright yellow bases to otherwise dark bills. In comparison with the preceding species, Black-necked Grebe is small indeed, not actually much larger than the diminutive Little Grebe and not dissimilar in structure. Today was a good day for Grebe watching on the Reservoir. Caren is Associate Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University and has a long... BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist, Gavin Siriwardena, explains how the urban landscape is affecting our wild bird populations. The grebes are aquatic duck-like birds, with representatives on all continents except Antarctica. Black-necked Grebe (Seaforth, Lancashire, 7 July 2008). Its winter population is probably around 120 birds. Posted on 10/23/2011 in Other Central Park Birds | Permalink, Even More 944 Fifth Avenue Chimney Swifts, More 944 Fifth Avenue Chimney Swift Roost, Code of Birding Ethics - American Birding Association, Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, Fifth Avenue Eyass Hunting and Eating (2018). BTO doesn't currently contact supporters by telephone for promotional reasons. These are most easily distinguished at range by their dusky forenecks and dusky faces. The foreneck is generally white also. We are delighted that this year’s Witherby Memorial lecture will be presented by Prof. Caren Cooper. At such close range, the structural and plumage features are easy to see, but look how prominent the amazing red eyes are (Bill Baston). Have you seen something interesting? So adapted are they for an underwater life, they look quite ungainly on land - their nests are usually floating rafts of vegetation both for safety from predators and to save walking. Slavonian Grebe (Húsavík, Iceland, 16 August 2016). Close-up, this can be seen to be a function of the dark cap which loops down across the face, leaving just a pale throat and a pale area behind the ear coverts. Pied-billed Grebe in the upper left, with to Ruddy ducks as a size reference in the lower right. With its short body and compact proportions, this winter-plumaged grebe is clearly one of the smaller species. Birds of this age are striking indeed and easily identified, not least because they may well still be accompanied by their parents. Flying Great Crested Grebes are readily identified by their large size, skinny silhouette and overall whiteness, but they also show very extensive white in the wing as pictured here. Its size ranges from 500 g to 5 kg. Slavonian Grebe (Alexandra Park, London, 12 April 2013). In winter the Great Crested Grebe comparison is heightened by the more strongly black-and-white appearance of this species. © 2020 BirdGuides, Warners Group Publications Plc. Phil Atkinson explains the technology behind tracking.
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