Monday, 28 December 2009

Special birds: Slavonian Grebe

The Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus (aka Horned Grebe) is a breeding species in the north of the region and a winter visitor in the south. The southern limit of the breeding range is composed of a few pairs in northern Poland. North of here it becomes more common in the Baltic States on shallow, well-vegetated fresh-water wetlands. It is a smallish grebe and males in breeding plumage in spring and summer have bright golden "horns" which are feathery tufts at the side of the head. Photo by Laszlo Becsy.

4 comments:

JACS said...

Hi Gerard

I have been several times in Lithuania, but I haven't see it. Do you know any good place to see this bird in summer in this country?

Thanks

Gerard Gorman said...

I have no really up-to-date info but I believe it breeds at Baltoji Voke, SE of Vilnius.

JACS said...

Thank you, Gerard, I'll try to go there next year on spring time.

Best regards.

Anna and Lucy x said...

A Slavonian Grebe has been spotted at the RSPB nature reserve at Rainham Marshes this past week!