I have been told that there has been a black-necked grebe at Thorpe Marshes that has been hanging about there for over a week now. I have seen a pair of them before while at Spain in 2014 at a salt pan lake surrounded by a flock of flamingos. However, I have never actually seen one in the UK before and so as it was only a few miles from Norwich, I thought it would be mad to miss out on seeing it. Black-necked grebes are mainly winter visitors to the UK from Europe and look like a smallish black and white grebe at this time of year. During the breeding season in spring and summer, they sport a pair of golden yellow ear-tufts. They are also much rounder in shape and especially with the head than their similar looking cousin, the Slavonian grebe.
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