I tend to think of them as rather secretive birds and while they go briefly mad during the courtship season they do seem to spend a lot of time either underwater or hiding! This makes them all the more fun to watch and somewhat frustrating to photograph.
The Australasian Gebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) is a common little grebe here. Its a little grebe in terms of its size, not not in terms of being the Little Grebe (T. rurficollis) - aka The Dabchick - that I used to watch in the UK.
This bird is in the breeding plumage - or whats left of it - after the Australia summer.
And this bird is a well grown chick. You can see still see that distinctive black and white patterning on the young bird.
A grebe that I watched as a kid and can still watch in Australia is the Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus). This is a bird that seems to have made being "distant" into an art form! They are often well out of range for close observation, but their distinct shape makes identification straight forward here.
So, I was pleased to find one (just about) in range on my trip to Perth. These images are a little more cropped than I would like - but beggars cant be choosers!
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