Thursday, 4 September 2008

Special birds: Red-necked Grebe

Of the 5 species of grebe in Europe Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena has the most easterly breeding distribution. It is the second largest in size after Great Crested Grebe, the species with which, in some plumages, it is most likely to be confused. It occurs on still, freshwater, vegetated wetlands such as lakes, riverine backwaters and fish-ponds. It is nowhere abundant though particularly good numbers breed in the Danube Delta, Romania. Indeed the photo here by Daniel Petrescu was taken there.

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