Rehabilitated Black-necked Grebe: released in Târgu Mureș, recaptured in Spain

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The Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) is a species perfectly adapted to water, but not adapted to urban life. Due to its specific anatomy, if it confuses wet asphalt with a body of water, once landed cannot take off. On the 2nd of June 2016 we were notified about a black-necked grebe “stranded” in a yard in Corunca village. After a quick medical exam by our colleague at Vets4Wild, the bird was ringed and released in the outskirts of Târgu Mureș. 149 days and 2789 km later, it was recaptured alive and well in Huelva, Spain.

This is a good news, and it complements the other information we have already about two black-necked grebes ringed in Spain and resighted in Romania. This recapture is a good example for the need of pan-European conservation efforts because it shows the area of movement of this species.

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