Pied-billed Grebe, Hollingworth Lake

Serendipity was the order of the day as I had already booked this day off work as we were getting some bedroom furniture fitted, so for it to be a fine morning and a mega on the doorstep, things could hardly be better.

Bernie had noted that there were several Blackbirds in the garden competing with the Bullfinches for the last of the Rowan berries - new arrivals I guess from the continent with their all-dark bills. Even more Blue Tits and Chaffinches were at the feeders and several unringed.

Once the bedroom people had arrived, I put the optics in the car and headed for Rochdale.Forty minutes later, the car was parked and I headed off round the lake, pausing to chat with a few friends on the way. The bird had been showing near the road but seemed to have headed back to the samll pool so I went round there and soon found it in amongst the willows.

Very soon, it made its way through the inlet and onto the small pool where I managed to get a few shots.
Pied-billed Grebe
Very obliging in my opinion and as the sun came out it remained on show for everyone who came along. A Kingfisher also added a splash of colour to the scene as it perched in full view for ages. Splendid!


  1. superb photo Dave! I think I have literally the exact same photo on my camera haha


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