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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
Any news of interest regarding the ongoing erosion problems on Pagham Beach will, from now on, be shown on my other blog together with general beach photos.. Click on the link... Pagham Beach Blog on this page.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A nice bird for the harbour !

As is my custom an early walk around the Spit just to ascertain what's about. In the harbour mouth I noticed a grebe and assumed it was a Slavonian as I had seen a few off shore yesterday but as I wandered home something made me think I had made a wrong diagnosis. Returning with camera I found the bird in question which had come closer by now and realised it was a Black Necked Grebe. A dog off the lead ran along the beach and I thought all hope of a photo was gone but it was not disturbed and allowed a few shots from a reasonable distance...don't get too many of these in the harbour so I felt pleased I had returned with my camera..

Black Necked Grebe ...winter plumage

The red eye is quite noticeable even at a distance...a smart bird, but in summer plumage it's a stunner!
Summer plumage...taken in

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