Found all over Australia and considered moderately common I find them to be the cutest of the waterbirds especially when they fluff up and completely comical when they expose their ridiculously over-sized feet for any use other than swimming underwater. This fellow or fellow-ette is in breeding colours and successfully paired, nested, brought some chicks into the world but tragedy befell them. Life in a big-city park pond is pretty tough.
A few years ago a colleague of mine asked me if I was interested in photographing little grebes in his garden. He has a pond in which he raises spadefoot toads because they are threathened with extinction here in the Netherlands. After growing up in a protected environment until almost adulthood they are released in different ponds where they used to live in the past and where conditions had been optimised for them to survive. At the edge of the pond there was a nest with little grebes and on the day the chicks hatched I was called and a project could start of almost 2 months. During that time, I was able to follow the family of a female (I never saw the male) and here 4 chicks until finally 3 survived and were able to catch their own prey. This picture was made on the day I saw one of the chicks catch a Spadefoot toad larvae for the first time. For me this was a happy day because I had not seen the adult grebe for more than a week and all the time I only saw failed attempts from the chicks trying to catch something. Here a young grebe swallows a big larve and only the long tail is still visible. My friend was not entirely happy when he saw the grebes were feasting on his toads.
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Had a guest to stay last night! This little one came speeding down the field, we couldn’t find a mother so took him in so he would survive the night, now he’s gone to vets. Still not certain what he is, current guess is a Grebe. Any further ideas would be welcome! #babybird#birdrescue#birdidentification#wildlifeuk#littlegrebe