Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me to id this grebe that I saw in Holland last week. it doesn't seem to fit any of the ones in my books. Thanks, Ann graham.

Can someone help out Ann with the identification.


  1. I wouldn't claim to be an expert here, Ann, (Trevor) but it looks to me like a great crested grebe, from what I can see in the pic. Head shape is right, and colouration. The white bar on the flank is not often visible, but G C grebes do have white belly and flanks and wing undersides. Andy

  2. I am inclined to agree with you but I was confused by the red neck and lack of white on the face. Thanks for your help Andrew.

  3. Agreed, it appears to be a Great Crested Grebe, a male in full summer plumage. The red-brown head and neck feathers obscure all the winter white. Probably breeding in the vicinity. (A red-necked grebe is much neater and smaller, and very scarce !)


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