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"There's a little grebe in the harbour, just outside your window", came the phone call from my bird-watching friend Andy.

Sure enough, there was! Little grebes are recently unknown in our harbour so this was a very rare occurrence, however they are resident in East Lothian's estuaries and marshes. Look for it wherever there are suitable lakes, gravel pits, canals and slow rivers with plenty of vegetation. In winter it can be found on more exposed lakes, as well as sheltered coasts and estuaries. In summer it has a bright, chestnut throat and cheeks and a pale patch at the base of the bill. It can be noisy, with a distinctive whinnying trill. At 25--29cm the little grebe is a small, dumpy grebe, smaller than a moorhen. It often appears to have a 'fluffy' rear-end, eats insects, larvae and small fish and was busy diving in Broadhaven when I took this photo. It is unlikely to nest here as our 5m. tidal rise prevents it building a stable nest.

Photo credit Kenny Maule.

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