Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)
Species
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon, on March 25th 2016.
Summer plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon, on March 25th 2016.
(1/250th sec at f11. Click image for larger version.).
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon, on November 2nd 2013.
Winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon, on November 2nd 2013.
(1/640th sec at f14. Click image for larger version.).

© David Hastings

Description

L: 40-46cm
 
A slightly smaller bird than the Great Crested Grebe. In summer it has a red breast and neck, a black-and-white head, and a black bill with a patch of yellow at the base. In winter it is black and grey, and its bill has more yellow in it. The sexes are similar.
 
It is found in northern and eastern Europe in the summer. It winters along the coast in NW Europe and the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
 
It breeds on reeded waters, often small and well-vegetated.
 
Generally shy and retiring. It dives with a pronounced jump clear of the water.
 
It has Amber status on the British list as only about twenty individuals spend the summer in the UK.
 

Sightings

04-Sep-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
09-Apr-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
25-Mar-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)

06-Dec-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
18-Oct-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
04-Oct-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
05-Apr-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)

09-Nov-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
12-Apr-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)

02-Nov-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)