Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Species
Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus). Winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon, on November 2nd 2013.
Winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon, on November 2nd 2013.
(1/800th sec at f20. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus). Summer plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on June 2nd 2018.
Summer plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on June 2nd 2018.
(1/500th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 31-38 cm; WS: 46-55cm

The most attractive of the UK's breeding grebes, with its golden ear tufts and trilling call. It looks similar to the Black-necked Grebe in winter, but has whiter cheeks which almost meet at the back of the neck.

In the breeding season this species is mainly found north and south of the Great Glen and in Strathspey. In winter it can be found around the coast, with the Moray Firth, the Firth of Forth, the Clyde Estuary and Islay in Scotland and Pagham Harbour, Sussex being important sites.

It breeds on shallow, well-vegetated lakes. It will use small ponds with little open water as long as they don't dry up completely.

Individuals dive frequently for food.

Due to its small breeding population it is an Amber List species.

Sightings

02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
02-Nov-2013 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Nov-2012 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Nov-2012 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Apr-2011 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2011 : Witney Lake, Oxon (1)