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Little Grebe: the dabchick

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Little Grebe: the dabchick

Now you see it ... in a moment you won't! You get your camera on to it, focus, shoot and you have a photograph of water, this little chap has gone down again. I reckon that the little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) spends as much time under the water as it does on it, perhaps even more below the surface. It's a good game, watching one dive and then trying to guess where it will reappear - one is never right.

Little grebe or dabchick? Both are accepted names for this bird but it is little and it is a grebe so for me it is the little grebe and the field guides seem to have standardised on this name too.

It is a rather dull, drab little bird in winter but come the spring the breeding plumage comes through and they are transformed into this lovely crimson and black beauty. You can see the little grebe around the waterways of Dorset all year, occasionally on inland stretches of our main rivers but usually on large ponds and near river mouths. They are quite common and freely breed here although easily overlooked because of the time they spend under water.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
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