Slavonian Grebe portraits

This beautiful bird, found yesterday by John Sherwood on the River Welland near Crowland, is not only one of the prettiest birds I have ever seen in the Peterborough area, but also the first breeding-plumage Slavonian Grebe I can remember seeing in Eng...


This beautiful bird, found yesterday by John Sherwood on the River Welland near Crowland, is not only one of the prettiest birds I have ever seen in the Peterborough area, but also the first breeding-plumage Slavonian Grebe I can remember seeing in England (I have seen some in the Highlands on the breeding grounds. It was mostly picking insects from the surface of the river when I saw it yesterday evening; and I didn't see it dive at all. I did hear it make a weird whining, almost Water Rail-like call, though. What a brilliant bird.