Grebes and Divers

According to a local birdy watcher expert grebes and divers can be seen in Torbay this summer. Not that we’ve seen any yet. We’re still trying to get our eyes securely logged on to shags and cormorants.

Hello Great Crested Grebe
How are you today?
Been puddling about this bay?

Great Crested Grebe edit

Bibbling and bobbling.
Thats what I done all day.
Snacking on sprats and soles.
It’s what a Grebe do best – gobbling!

What about you, you Great Northern Diver you?
Had any luck?

Great Northern Diver

I got mistaken for a duck!
Total disgrace.
And downright disrespectful.
I’m much more beautiful.
Got a completely different face

And you, you Red Necked Grebe, are you feeling grebed?
What? You’ve also been mistaken?
For what?

Red necked grebe edit

I ain’t a Duck or Diver!
Why don’t people look!
Get out their RSPB book!

Me! Yes me. This is me
Can’t you see?
A Red Throated Diver
I don’t look anything like that Grebe!

Red throated Diver edit

My goodness grebess me!
We are a touchy lot aren’t we duckies!
Sorry sorry, very sorry. You aren’t ducks of course.
Just teasing!
You’re Grebes
And you’re Divers.
Completely different, diverse.
I’ll know now. What you are.
Next time I see you all.
Paddling in the Bay.
I’ll look at these portraits!

Illustrations: Hazel Brown; Words: Ian Nisbet

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