Western Grebe

I managed to get my best pictures yet of the large black and white grebes that I have seen a few times and now I can say for sure that they are Western Grebes and not Clark’s Grebes.  The birds are very similar, but the one way that I now know how to tell them apart is that the Western Grebe has black around the eye and the Clark’s Grebes have white in that area. The black is a little higher on the top of the head on the Clark’s Grebes.  The Clark’s Grebe also has a bright yellow beak, where the Western Grebe has a yellow beak with a green tinge.  Until recently they were considered one species with a colour variation.  According to the range maps, the Clark’s Grebe does not come to this area though.

Click here for information on the Clark’s Grebe and click here for more information on the Western Grebe if interested.

Western Grebe May 17
Western Grebe May 17
Western Grebe May 17
Western Grebe May 17
Western Grebe May 17
Western Grebe May 17

So far on Africam today, we have seen Elephant, Zebra, Osprey, Black Eagle, Impala, Waterbuck, Oxpecker, Cape Turtle Dove, Nyala, Swainson Spurfowl, and Wildebeest.  Our Cheetah Salome has moved her cubs to another location, so we have lost sight of them for now.  Click here to see all of today’s pictures.