First up I would like to let you know that posts on this blog may be a bit scarce this week. My wife has got a week off work and we have a number of things going on, so the amount of time I can dedicate to Shenstone and this blog will be very limited this week. Anyway, now thats out of the way, on with today's post.
This morning Bev and I decided to pop and see the Summer plumage Black-necked Grebe that has been present for a couple of days at Lower Bittell Reservoir. The reservoirs at Bittell are right on the edge of Birmingham but still just in Worcestershire.
On arriving we were quickly put onto the bird by a fellow birder. It actually wasn't too far out and was slowly moving closer, diving at regular intervals on they way. I had only previously seen winter plumage Black-necked Grebes so it was a real privilege to see such a stunning summer plumage individual at a fairly close distance.
I have attached some record shots of the bird but they are not as good as I would like...the perils of digiscoping a constantly moving and diving subject...ah well. I've also attached a snippet of video footage (snippet being the operative word)
Black-necked Grebe - 16th May 2011: