Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
(aka Dabchick)
Little Grebe, Musselburgh, Scotland, January 2001 - click for larger image Scotland

The Little Grebe is found in temperate and tropical areas of the Old World from Europe to New Guinea and southern Africa.

Little Grebe, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image It is fairly tolerant of a wide variety of water habitats and is found on smaller and shallower bodies of water than other grebes. It makes shallow dives of about 1 metre in search of its food which consists of insects, larvae, small shellfish and fish. It is found less often at the coast than other grebes and , at the coast, it normally seeks out sheltered estuaries.

Little Grebe, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image The first photo, taken in January,shows a Little Grebe in non-breeding plumage. It should be on the point of starting to moult into its breeding plumage. The other photos show a nest with 3 chicks at Blackford Pond, Edinburgh. The photos were taken on 10th June 2002
Little Grebe, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image Little Grebe, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image
Little Grebe, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image
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