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The Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as Dabchick, is 23 to 29 cm in length. It is the smallest European member of the grebe family of water birds and is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range
Little Grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.
Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles age, eventually turning black once in adulthood
In winter, its size, buff plumage, with a darker back and cap, and powder puff rear end enable easy identification of this species. The Little Grebe's breeding call, given singly or in duet, is a trilled repeated weet-weet-weet or wee-wee-wee which sounds like a horse whinnying.
This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa. Most birds move to more open or coastal waters in winter, but it is only migratory in those parts of its range where the waters freeze.
Little Grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver and pursues its fish and aquatic invertebrate prey underwater. It uses the vegetation skilfully as a hiding place.
Like all grebes, it nests at the water's edge, since its legs are set very far back and it cannot walk well. Usually four to seven eggs are laid. When the adult bird leaves the nest it usually takes care to cover the eggs with weeds. The young leave the nest and can swim soon after hatching, and chicks are often carried on the backs of the swimming adults.
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Ciao Razvan, great capture of lovely Little Greebe, fantastic reflections, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
super good picture with nic e details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou
Beautiful composition of the Dabchick. I like the pose, detail and blue BG.
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and fantastic lighting.
- [2011-11-23 11:02]
Foarte frumoasa prezentare a speciei in penaj de iarna, felicitari!
Nu este prea frecvent in timpul iernii in interiorul tarii!
Felicitari pentru Stercorarius!
O imagine preluata cu detalii bune si culori naturale pe un fundal neutral foarte frumos.
Nice moment to capture, the posture of the little grebe makes a very active photo. regards yiannis
- [2011-11-23 13:12]
Superb capture of the Little Grebe in winter plumage. Excellent POV, sharpness, natural colours and composition on the water.
Thanks best regards,
- [2011-11-26 7:28]
A typical shot of yours... fine and subtle. Most beautiful light too and natural colors.
- [2011-12-02 12:57]
this is a beautiful natural shot . Good composition and great details. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi