Bird #530 — Great Crested Grebe

podiceps (from podicis, vent, and pes, foot) cristatus (crested, plummed)

Friday, April 19, 2019 — 1:40 pm

Thun, Switzerland — Aare River

I spotted this large grebe swimming and diving in the Aare River as we walked back to the car.

It’s black crest, white face, and reddish “ears” were beautiful. It stayed under for long periods, often coming up 30 yards or so from where it submerged. Its general direction was the same as ours, so it stayed in view for several minutes.

I found another one in the Langer See in Böblingen, Germany on Sunday afternoon.

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