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9:10AM

Bridled Grebe

No, not some rare species, but a great crested grebe with what appears to be a red rubber band around its head. Ternery Pool is pretty quiet now that the breeding birds have left, but this morning there were many green sandpipers and several little and great crested grebes were fishing close to the Parkes Hide. One of the great crested grebes had something caught around its head and on close examination of the photos it appears to be a rubber band - like postmen use. The good news is it was able to catch and swallow sticklebacks, so hopefully the band will break down in the sunlight and let the grebe survive.

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