Sunday 21 March 2021

Black-necked Grebe

 Lade  - cold, dry and cloudy, N 2 - With the passing of the vernal equinox yesterday, and a brief mid-morning outing from the sun, it certainly felt as though better times were ahead, and just to reinforce the feel-good factor the first Black-necked Grebe of spring presented itself on south lake. Set amongst its more staid relatives, its yellow ear-fans and ruby-red eyes gave a welcome splash of colour alongside its duller congeners. As is the way with any hungry migrant its first instinct was to feed and as a result it seemed to spent as much time fishing underwater as upon it; it was still present this morning. 

                                  Sanderling having finished bathing, Lade bay

                                 Black-necked Grebe, Lade south today

                                 Yesterday by Dave Scott

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