"The only way is Essex" or so it seems at the moment, with another good bird turning up at Roding Valley Meadows.
A juvenile Red-Necked Grebe, a grebe I have seen on one other occasion only, and that was back in 1994 when two Red-Necked grebes were present on Brookland Lake at New Hythe gravel pits, these two birds one a female, the other an immature male stayed together on the lakes from December 1993 through to mid-March 1994
If I had realized how sparse my sightings were going to be I would have made more effort to watch them.
So this juvenile which turned up on this country park lake for a few days now, was well worth the effort to go and see, as it turned out, a very smart looking individual.
My initial views were not very good as it was silhouetted with the sun behind it, and rather distant, but it moved into a small wooded bay where it stayed for a while feeding under the overhanging trees, giving some closer views with some nice reflections on the water.