Great Crested Grebe – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

They have been mouldering in my loft for the last forty years but I’ve just got out my old pencil sketches of birds from before I was a teenager. Here’s a bird which was strange, exciting and terribly exotic to me as a child; a Great Crested Grebe:

Great Crested Grebe - The Hall of Einar - (c) David Bailey (not the)

Today I’m in Italy, walking around the Laguna di Orbetello, surrounded by Spoonbills, Flamingoes, Kingfishers and a distant Marsh Harrier. There’s one bird which really catches my eye though, it’s a Great Crested Grebe. Here are my photographs:

Great Crested Grebe - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are still exotic to me.

Great Crested Grebe - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Their Italian name is Svasso. They are still exotic whatever their name.

Previous Post
Red Fox - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Volpe

I'm in Italy in a nature reserve and we're looking for a tame fox, or Volpe as the Italians have it. All we ... Read more

Next Post
Black Headed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Summer plumage in winter

The Black Headed Gull is a wonderful, delicate bird with fabulous plumage. In the breeding season its head turns a shade of dark ... Read more

Feel free to leave a Reply :)