Yesterday I had an afternoon to myself, so headed down to Roding Valley Recreation ground where there has been a red-necked grebe staying for a week or so. It would be a new bird species for me and there would be a chance of a decent photo based on reports from other birders/photographers. I headed down to the south end of the lake where the Red-necked grebe had been showing well the previous day, but there was no sign of it. A couple of people had just walked off having chucked in a couple of loafs of bread and there was a family or two of full grown Canada geese gobbling it down right in front of me. I was wondering if the red-necked grebe had been scared of by this, when a great crested grebe appeared right behind the geese.
After waiting a while to see if it followed the reported pattern and would come down to its supposed favourite southern end of the lake (where we were), we headed up to the northern end for a closer look. It was floating around not to far from a fishing platform, but totally the wrong side of the light.
I caught a fish as it appeared from behind a tree, but I didn’t have time to get a shot. When the sun was out, the direction of the light made it difficult to have the bird lit up well, but in certain positions and poses I could get the odd shot.