Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus, mustakurkku-uikku) is a small colorful waterbird. Its eyes are red, black small beak has white tip during summer. The sound of Slavonian Grebe has pretty loud, rather rumbling whistle.
I met Slavonian grebe first time two years ago in Suomenoja bird paradise in Espoo. Since that I have been following Slavonian grebes life. I have hundreds of Slavonian Grebe photos and now I have decided to share my photos here in my Finnish nature -blog.
Suomenoja bird paradise in Espoo
Suomenoja bird paradise is known for rare waterbirds like Slavonian grebe and Pochard as well as Eurasian Coot. You can find more information of Suomenoja (in Finnish) HERE.
One reason for rear species living in Suomenoja is Black-headed Gulls which are nesting there. Their screaming and spectacular mass flights gives a sign of impending danger to other birds. First arrives gulls and soon after other species.
Exotic colorful Slavonian Grebe near threatened
Finland is home to about 48% of the EU’s total breeding Slavonian Grebe population. The species’ total numbers in Europe (including countries outside the EU) have been estimated at between 6,000 and 11,000. European red list status is near threatened, globally vulnerable.
Now a question to my readers: Is Slavonian Grebe breeding in your country? Have you met this beautiful waterbird in real life?
Minna in Finnish Nature 😊