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Grebe Id from Iran (1 Viewer)


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I couldn't identify the exact species, I would like to know your opinion about this bird.
Thanks in advanced.

Seen: 15 Feb. 2021 / 35.462288, 51.519291


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Alexander Stöhr

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its a Great Crested Grebe imo.
The same like the Duck before: hard picture with details are lost due to haze and grainy picture.
Bird is facing/looking away, resulting in a slightly wrong looking bill shape.

Neck seems to long and slender for a BN-Grebe or Slavonian Grebe. I must admit that bill shape might suggest BN-Grebe, and round body looks better for a BN-Grebe, too, but imo its just a single-picture effect (represting just a fraction of a second).

With a little bit of guessing, I see the right tufts of a breeding plumage GCG and the right white area at the chin resulting in a good looking head-pattern for a GCG. Unbroken white front of neck seems good for a GCG, too, but after a second look it seems an jpeg/sharpening artefact to me.
More, relative size of neck and head in relation to body seems best for a GCG imo.

For a similar body shape of a GCG (in a single.picture effect look here: https://www.fotoalbum.naturerlebnis-chiemsee.de/picture.php?/6598/category/285

Forgot the most important thing here: its a bird for quiz-modus (or others to jump in)

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