The life of Ducks and Grebes

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Svarthakedopping - Podiceps auritus - Horned Grebe

Brunand - Aythya ferina - Comman Pochard

Horned Grebe chasing Common Pochard
NF Photo 110429 at Östra Vingåker

This was actually fun to watch. That tiny Grebe chasing the Pochard. It was the first time I have seen that little one so agressive. You can see the differens in size in the third photo.

This year the Swedish Bird association SOF will take inventory on the Horned Grebe. Shall be much to report for me I hope. Last year there were 3 couple breeding in this wetland. And the young are so cute. Normally this grebe is quite rare in Sweden.

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  1. That's a very interesting piece of bird interaction. Do they usually show this kind of aggression or is this special for this time of the year?

  2. I don´t know about the behavier of the Horned Grebe. I have not seen it before, but it is the first time I´ve seen the two spieces together so it might be normal.

  3. Very cool action you observed and photographed!

  4. WOW, what an awesome thing to witness. Great captures!

  5. ...fantastic shots of the horned grebe. You're so lucky you could get so close!

  6. thanks for nice comments.

  7. Glad they know how to 'protect' themselves and their territory.
    Maybe the Pochard should be renamed 'chicken' ;-)
    Good Luck on the breding and reporting!

  8. lol. yes, chicken would maybe be accurate. :)


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