Tuesday, 6 December 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Australasian Grebe (2)



On my recent trip to Perth I only really managed to get out and about once (or maybe twice!)


On the last afternoon I managed a bit of a walk around some small lake behind the convention centre – they looked like they may have been part of the Swan River once – but I could be wrong.



As you can see the pond was very green – but not green in a sticky, unhealthy sort of way. Green in a vibrant sort of way. I got the feeling that the place was making coal!

I found this Australasian Grebe fishing around the edges of the bank. Like last week’s Night Heron I think it may have been a little less scared of people than usual. If fished for a while – but did not catch anything that I saw, but them it had a really good shake to dry its feathers. I rather like this sequence. I also like the way you can see the flanged feet these birds have to help them swim. (And I know that there are people out there that notice this kind of thing!)



You can find more birds from around the world at World Bird Wednesday.

You can also see the most recent post on my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention picture on the RHS of the screen.



Enjoy the birds.

17 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like the green waters too! and your colorful little grebe makes me miss my little pied-bill we had here for 2 past winters (but not this year).

karen said...

Love that green, I always think it is nice to see a green pond like that for a change.
I showed a photo once at camera club of a duck on a green pond and called it Lord of the Pond, the judge said the title didn't fit as there was no pond only grass!!!!!!

Specsavers springs to mind lol

Martha Z said...

Great series. These are different than any grebes I have seen here but the body shape is similar to our pied billed grebe.

Andrew said...

Love these images Stewart, the green water looks great and your wonderful grebes are beautiful to see.

Gary said...

Great looking birds Stewart. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

eileeninmd said...

I just love the Grebes, they are so cute. Wonderful photos, Stewart.

Rambling Woods said...

I love this little grebe.... I like to watch them diving...lovely colors...

NixBlog said...

Lovely captures, Stewart!

Nature Rambles said...

You got some wonderful shots! These birds are pretty! Thank you for visiting my other blog yesterday. Rhinos...remember?;}

Arija said...

Beautiful red on his head, so much more showy than the Little Grebe. Great sequence of his antics.

heyBJK said...

That's a beautiful grebe, Stewart! I've never seen one like that.

Springman said...

Great color Stewart! Isn't it interesting how the grebe makes that divot in the water when it shakes, as seen in the last shots? These pictures really look great enlarged, nice stuff!

mick said...

Nice sequence of the Grebe shaking its feathers so well. Great photos.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

We don't get to see that many pictures of a wet ruffled bird so this made for an even more interesting series. Very nice.

EG Wow said...

Great action shots of the grebe, Stewart!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like the green water -- ours here in Florida are kind of coffee colored much of the time. I posted a lot about grebes last summer, and it was nice to see the new variety here. A great series.

Liz said...

Great images of the Australasian Grebe & I love the green water!
Looking forward to your posts on the Mornington Peninsula.