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Possible little grebe? River Almond, Edinburgh (1 Viewer)


United Kingdom
Hi folks!

Yesterday I was watching a cormorant, grey heron, dipper and some mallards all hanging out next to each other on the River Almond near Edinburgh.
As I was watching the mallards, a tiny bird suddenly swam up next to them from around a lil island in the river. I didn't get a good look, but I believe there has been a Little Grebe in that area. Are there any other possibilities? It was:
  • Probably smaller than a coot, made me think it was a chick of some species, but it had no fluff of a chick. It was near the mallards but absolutely not a mallard chick. Only other waterbirds around were those mentioned above.
  • Impression was of brown colouration, didn't get binoculars up. I could definitely believe little grebe based on pictures.
  • Longish neck, looked very slim.
  • It dived in an arc like a merganser after a few seconds and I never saw it again, despite watching for another 10 mins and returning to that same area 45 mins later.
  • My partner saw the exact same thing a couple months ago in the same river. Same story - tiny, brown, dived, never seen again.

Could this be anything except a Little Grebe?

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