Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 147 - Australasian Grebe

This will be a very brief post today - the combined forces of work, a birthday and a cat mean that I am rather pushed for time this week!

However, over the weekend I managed two short visits to a local pond and found these Australasian Grebes out and about.  I think these birds are more acclimated to humans than most grebes as the boardwalk by the pond is a popular venue for dog walkers and duck feeders.

So, I will let the picture speak what ever number of words they can.









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46 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful little things. love the fluffy butts on cute grebes.:)

Silver Parrot said...

Very nice - interesting to see how different they look from the grebes we have here.

Carletta said...

He's very handsome. I love the reflections with these Stewart.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Quite a handsome species. It is so true that birds can become so habituated to the human presence that they allow close approach. I find that birds such as the Limpkin and various herons in our local wetlands act very suspicious even at a distance, but seem to pay no attention to the crowds on the boardwalks of several popular preserves.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

PRETTY!!!

My son's 43rd birthday is today.

Enjoy your week...just don't make it too hectic for yourself.

eileeninmd said...

Happy Birthday Stewart, I hope you had a great day! I love the cute Grebe, awesome photos! Thanks for hosting, enjoy the rest of your week!

Mama Zen said...

Oh, these are pretty!

BumbleVee said...

hahahha....I love it ...pushed for time on account of .....the cat! You old softie, you!

mick said...

Great photos of the Grebes. I have only ever seen them at a distance.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

hmmm...I owe you critters...is that what you're saying?

Sharon Wagner said...

Good grebes. I love their eyes.

Marie C said...

Lovely birds! I bet they adore those thick reeds! Lots of food, and hiding places. Your photos are wonderful!

Brian King said...

Wow, what a beautiful bird! Grebes are quite handsome.

Brian King said...

I almost forgot - Happy Birthday!

Sylvia K said...

First of all, Happy Birthday, Stewart!! Have a great one and many more!! I do love your Grebes! Such great captures for the day!! Thanks for the smiles, as always!!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Your grebe photos are fantastic! Have a happy birthday. Thank you for hosting.

Gayle said...

Nice photos. Really like the colors of both the subjects and the surroundings.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Terrific photos, Stewart! I particularly like the 4th one where the duck's beak looks long, with the reflection of the reed superimposed on the beak.
Have a Wonderful Day!
Peace :)

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful little birds. Great captures, Stewart.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy birthday Stewart! (Now that it is over, so I guess it is happy belated..). A sweet grebe. I love seeing the kinds we have here.

edenhills said...

These are great shots! Hope things settle down for you, and you find more time. If you do, let me know where I can get some too.

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, these grebe images are beautiful. I love the reflections. I really miss seeing our Little Grebes this year... Greetings Jo

Margaret Adamson said...

Happy Birthday Stewart. Hope you had a great day yesterday. These are a wonderful series of shot of this Grebe. Sometimes I find difficult to photograph due to its often diving. Thanks for hosting.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely and Beautiful series...

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the Australasian Grebes.
Perfect photographed Stewart.
Best regards, Irma

diane b said...

I know very little about birds other than I like to try and photograph them. Is a Grebe a duck? It is a pretty one anyway. The reflections are fabulous.

Adam Jones said...

Oh, they're quite similar to the Little Grebe. Not sure on the size but certainly in their general appearance.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Australasian Grebes look very interesting, thank you for sharing them with us.

DougPhoto2009 said...

Happy Birthday, Stewart. Good grebe captures. Thanks for sharing.

Small City Scenes said...

Very pretty Grebes. Here they are just Black with a dab of white on them
MB

DeniseinVA said...

It's a real beauty Stewart and your photos are fantastic!

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

I Love Grebes; what a beauty you have there. I remember watching a nature film on Grebes and it was beautiful! Thanks for hosting and for your wonderful photos.

Marilyn Kircus said...

We, in the US have a pie-billed grebe that is very similar to these, although not as colorful. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Marilyn Kircus said...

We, in the US have a pie-billed grebe that is very similar to these, although not as colorful. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Laura said...

Wonderful series Stewart! I love the reflections of the grebes and reeds in the water.

Missy George said...

Sure !! Blame it on the cat..:)
Ducks are among my favorite birds..Love their coloring or lack there of..Happy Birthday!! Hope you did something fun..

Florida Farm Girl said...

Grebes have to be some of the most beloved critters on any continent. I love our little pied billed grebes, too. Even as adults, they look like little ones.

Linda said...

The grebes are handsome but can probably blend in.

CountryMouse said...

I love the reflections in these pics. Very cute, I don't think I've seen a grebe before. Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoyed it. The birds here that hang around where people go are usually very relaxed as well.

Phil Slade said...

As you know Stewart your pictures could just as well be Little Grebe. The obvious difference to me is that you are able to take some great pictures of the Australasian Grebe whereas Little Grebes are very unapproachable. I must look up the actual differences.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos/birds, Stewart!

Mary Cromer said...

I love all Grebes, yet these are especially gorgeous in their colouration. Once again Happy Birthday~

ladyfi said...

Great shots.

Bob Bushell said...

Perfection Stewart.

Helma said...

I did not know you could also link you post birds. UIK see beautiful stations in between.
Greetings, Helma

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

I am sorry I have not been visiting much this week. It has been a crazy week for me as well. Was it your birthday? If it was, happy birthday Stewart. Those birds are beautiful. They didn't seem to mind your presence.