I don’t often see Grebes and if I do, they’re always in the middle of a lake or river. I’m wondering if their food source is in deeper water?
They dive often, but I managed to get a couple of good shots of the Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) in Frogs Hollow last October (just after I moved to Maribyrnong). The reddish-brown neck is the colour of a breeding grebe. This species is the smallest and dumpiest of the grebes found in Australia.
But the day I walked all the way down to Newells Paddock Nature Reserve (about 3.7kms) nearly 3 weeks ago, I saw about 7-8 Hoary-headed Grebes (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) along the river….mainly in the centre.
To be honest, I wouldn’t have recognised them as they were too far away, but an elderly man sitting on a bench told me what they were.
And the image below was cropped down to about 10% of its original size in an attempt to see it a bit closer up. This particular Hoary-headed Grebe was in the middle of the river.
So while I take many bird photos on my walks, it is rare that they’re close enough to fill the frame and share online these days. The White-faced Heron, Willy Wagtails and the various Cormorants are the exceptions I guess.
A neighbour told me she’d seen an owl on her balcony very early one morning, so perhaps I need to get up earlier 😳