Black-necked Grebe (Eared Grebe) Podiceps nigricollis

A scarce migrant in Norfolk, even rarer in winter.

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Black-necked Grebe, Brancaster (Norfolk, UK), 14th February 2009

 

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Black-necked Grebes, Flixton GPs (Suffolk, UK), 27th August 2005 (top two photos show one bird, lower two photos show a second bird)

 

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Black-necked Grebes, Granelli (Sicily, Italy), 29th April 2012

 

 

Black-necked Grebes, Granelli (Sicily, Italy), 1st May 2012

 

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Black-necked Grebe, Whitlingham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 1st January 2010

 

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Black-necked Grebe, Sidestrand (Norfolk, UK), 28th August 2010 (with Mallards and a Tufted Duck in lower photos)

 

This species is numerous in much of North America where they call them Eared Grebes. The North American race californicus differs only slightly from European birds, having a slightly longer bill on average and brown-grey inner primaries (white on European birds).

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American Black-necked Grebes ('Eared Grebes', race californicus), South Bay, San Diego (California, USA), 20th April 2005