The red-necked grebe is quite a rare bird here in the UK and they are specialist divers and swimmers - like all other grebes. In winter, these birds look similar to great crested grebes, but they have chunky dark bills with a yellow base and slightly chunkier necks. Their bodies are brown, with black crowns on their heads and cheeks that are white. In summer the breasts and necks become red.
It's recorded that fewer than 20 individual red-necked grebes spend the summer here in the UK. In winter there's not many more here in the UK, but some will come from colder parts of Europe.
Their diets consist of crustaceans, fish and aquatic insects.
Great Crested Grebe
A common breeding resident diving water bird found throughout the UK and renowned for its enchanting courtship rituals.