Sunday, 17 January 2010

Slavonian Grebe!

As I woke up I was a bit worried about the bad weather (it was snowing!), but despite the cold, birding was rewarding anyway. I spent the morning at Lisert (GO) where a stunning SLAVONIAN GREBE was showing well on the sea (quite close to shore) along with some Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes. On the sea also nine very far Black-throated Divers, some Red-breasted Mergansers two Common Eiders and one Med Gull. The inner marsh/lagoon/basin yielded a nice number of Pintails and Shovelers, plus some Curlews. In the surrounding area also: Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (both sexes), Woodlark (15x in flock feeding on the ground with Buntings), Water Pipit, Fan-tailed Warbler, Great Grey Shrike (one), plus mixed flocks of Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins and Reed Buntings (some males with almost black head), one male Cirl Bunting and some Rock Buntings.

Some pics of the Slavonian Grebe (by DomenS):





And a Reed Bunting: