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Little Grebe

Podiceps ruficollis

The little grebe is a delight for visitors to the marshes of Isbladskärret, Spegeldammen and Lappkärret. If you don’t have binoculars you might mistake the species for a duckling, but with binoculars the typical body (rather reminiscent of a toy duck) is clear, as are the rosy-red cheeks. The species is very shy, but it can often be seen and heard in the Royal National City Park. Its rhythmic trills rightfully demand attention. The little grebe is sensitive to the condition of its breeding places and can suddenly disappear. Researchers often point to predation by fish – carp in the case of the park.

 


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