Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 152 - Hoary Headed Grebe

This is the first of three Wild Bird Wednesday's that I need to organise before I head off for work related travel.   So, although the familiar blue button will appear at the bottom of the page - the posts themselves will be rather briefer than normal!

These rather splendid little birds are Hoary Headed Grebes, Poliocephalus poliocephalus (and no, I have not developed a stutter!).  For those of you in the UK, they are about the same size as a Little Grebe, and for those of you in the USA its about the same size as a Pied Billed Grebe.

These birds were all loafing about on coastal pools on Phillip Island, Victoria.







And now its your turn to join in - click on the blue button to link your blog to WBW - and while my visit may not be swift, I'll get to you in the end! SM


39 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Super....I'd really like to 'come upon' something just like these!

TexWisGirl said...

so very cute! love their cottony butt-ends!

Silver Parrot said...

They do remind me a lot of the Pied Billed Grebes that we have here.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, these are terrific, Stewart!! I'm with Anni, I'd really like to 'come upon' something just like these, too!! Thanks for sharing, as always!

eileeninmd said...

Another cute Grebe! I love all the Grebes, they are adorable birds! Great shots! Thanks for hosting, have a great week!

Sharon Wagner said...

I always love to spot a grebe with their huge eyes. Happy travels.

Pieni Lintu said...

Those are so cute!!!

Andy Wilson said...

A couple of those photos of the grebes had perfect symmetry.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I could almost hear them barking.

Neil said...

Great to see that many Grebe in one place.

bailey-road.com said...

They're really cute!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have never seen that many grebes in one place -- Seeing even one or two delights me, so I'm very happy with these -- and a teensy bit envious, I must admit! Just something about these guys. Thanks for keeping up the meme while you are so very busy. You are appreciated!

mick said...

A great series of photos. I am always interested in how different your commonly seen birds are from the ones I often see up here.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thanks for giving us grebe, Stewart!
~

pattisjarrett said...

I like how they're synchronized in their directional dance. They do look like they're just bobbing away, not a care in the world. It's been hot here, a lot of us would like to join them!

Chandra Eswaran said...

They sure are pretty birds, Stewart!
Happy Travels and thank you for hosting.
Peace :)

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Beautiful series of photographs of this kind grebes.
This species I've never seen.
Best regards, Irma

Margaret Adamson said...

Fabulous to see so many together. Hope you travels go well.

Jo said...

How I miss seeing grebes ! Thanks for sharing. Greetings Jo

Adam Jones said...

Yet another new one for me Stewart. Grebes are always good to watch.

Bas said...

geweldig al dit jonge grut.

A Quiet Corner said...

What a handful of simply adorable!!!...:)JP

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely birds...

Marilyn Kircus said...

These grebes must be the world's plainest ones. They seem to congregate like the eared grebes do here in the US while in migration. I've seen hundreds of them together.

Marie C said...

Sweet birds! Just little brown waterbirds!

I always feel sorry for those in the Eastern Hemisphere not being able to enjoy the hummingbirds (per Mick's comment on my post this week). I'm glad at least you were here in the US last year and got to see some! Hope you have had a great trip where you are this time.

Andrea Priebe said...

I love Grebes of all kinds even the Hoary Headed Grebe. I had to look up hoary to figure out what it was about the Grebe's head that made it hoary ... so it is a frosty whitiesh grayish head ... hmmm. Well I did see it in the last picture which is awesome and I do suppose they have to find some exotic name for a gray headed bird, so hoary it is. Hope your travels are safe and there will be time for fun (and photos) ... :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Mama Zen said...

They are really cute!

Missy George said...

They are so adorable...Very cute collection...

Missy George said...

They are so adorable...Very cute collection...

Nathalie Santa Maria said...

Très belle série Stewart. Je n'en ai jamais vu autant en même temps

DeniseinVA said...

Very cute shots Stewart. I should be back to normal next week and joining in. Thank you so much for visiting my blog while I was away. I hope your week is going well.

Brian King said...

Very handsome birds! Nice shots!

Mary Cromer said...

Thank you so much for all you do. Grebes, no matter the species, I really always love their structure and looks, lovely share~

ladyfi said...

They sure are fuzzy and adorable!

Helma said...

When we called this little grebes grebe.
They are also wonderful little grebes and so colorful.
You can make beautiful pictures.
Greeting, Helma

edenhills said...

Great series. They are pretty little birds. We have a lot of grebes on a marsh near me.

Chris Rohrer said...

Where in the world do they come up with these names? I think if I saw this grebe I may not have thought it a new bird. I did that with the Least Grebe once! Have a fun trip!

DesertHen said...

Cute birds! They look like they are fuzzy to me!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

In our south Florida neighborhood we rarely see Pied-billed Grebes gathering in flocks such as these.