This young Red-necked Grebe still has its juvenile face stripes and also a reddish neck, but it will soon acquire first-winter plumage comprising a whitish cheek below a dark cap which extends down to the eye and across the lores, and a dusky brown foreneck. The white patch on the secondaries is broad and prominent, however. He is also author of several books and numerous ID papers. A final head shake, the weed is dropped, and the deal is sealed. Cantaloupe is the most famous melon, especially in the US. There is a narrow dark loral line and the bill is pink. This spectacular plumage is central to equally spectacular display behaviour, as pictured here (Steve Knell). Its winter population is probably around 120 birds. Most sightings of flying grebes will be over the sea and involve non-breeding plumage birds so the view here is atypical for Britain. At such close range, the structural and plumage features are easy to see, but look how prominent the amazing red eyes are (Bill Baston). Unlike Great Crested Grebe, the dark cap extends down across the face, leaving just a paler throat and a pale area behind the ear coverts. All Rights Reserved. Here it is almost exclusively a winter visitor from the Continent to sheltered waters on the east coast. Note the extensive white rear-wing patch on the secondaries, while the forewing patch is very extensive too, extending as far as the bend of the wing and also back down the sides of the body, often connecting with the white secondaries (Ran Schols / www.agami.nl). Andy Stoddart is Vice Chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee and a member of the BOU Records Committee. We will send you a monthly email newsletter including information on our latest research, projects to participate in, fundraising opportunities, events and interesting facts about birds. At closer range the bill is revealed to be dark with an extensive yellow base. BTO doesn't currently contact supporters by text message for promotional reasons. The rest of its plumage differs little from that of an adult (although, typically, it is browner bodied) and it can be identified by its smudgy grey foreneck and dull ear coverts which reduce the cheek/cap contrast. Great Crested Grebe (Preston Dock, Lancashire, 21 November 2010). Different Types of Aquarium Algae, Their Causes & Their Treatments. This young Black-necked Grebe shows a characteristic rusty wash on the ear coverts, rather different from the comparable plumage of Slavonian Grebe. Great Crested Grebe (Stover Park, Devon, 15 June 2003). BTO occasionally contacts supporters who have expressed an interest in volunteering for surveys, or have volunteered in the past, to promote participation in other surveys. In winter this becomes a rather two-tone bird – dark grey above and white on the face (including above the eye), foreneck and underparts. Also obvious here is a particularly short body and 'fluffy', 'powder puff' rear end reminiscent of Little Grebe (Alan Tate). The plight of the great crested grebe was one of the triggers for the birth of the modern conservation movement. Red-necked Grebe (Finland, 5 August 2015). Types of melon – Horned Melon. Black-necked Grebe (Seaforth, Lancashire, 7 July 2008). Types of Loons and Grebes. 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. Note also the slim, upturned wholly dark bill and the high crown. 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. By contrast with Slavonian, this Black-necked Grebe has a curiously steep forehead and a high, triangular head shape, coupled with a slim, slightly upturned, wholly dark bill. This close-up of a breeding Slavonian Grebe shows its gaudy plumage in its full glory. BTO currently promotes two appeals a year, and occasionally offers membership opportunities to non-members. Little GrebeGreat-crested GrebeRed-necked GrebeSlavonian GrebeBlack-necked Grebe. 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). The grebes are aquatic duck-like birds, with representatives on all continents except Antarctica. Today was a good day for Grebe watching on the Reservoir. 3. 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. During the breeding season, the bird sports an impressive breeding plumage, with a red neck and a pale patch at the inner end of the bill. 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. Although a black-and-white small grebe, it looks less contrasty and more drab and dingy than Slavonian. 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. Birds of this age are striking indeed and easily identified, not least because they may well still be accompanied by their parents. Black-necked Grebe (Titchwell, Norfolk, 22 February 2009).

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