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Bird Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)

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Common Name: Australasian Grebe

Scientific name: Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Family: Podicipedidae

Order: Podicipediformes

Other Names: N/A.

Distribution: throughout Australia .

Habitat: freshwater ponds or small waterways

Field Notes: small waterbird with two distinct plumage phases. The non-breeding plumage of both the male and female is dark grey-brown above and mostly silver-grey below, with a white oval patch of bare skin at the base of the bill. During the breeding season, both sexes have a glossy-black head and a rich chestnut facial stripe which extends from just behind the eye through to the base of the neck.

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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Photo by auscraft Sept 2011 will obtain better photo this is a cropped image was not aware it was there.
 
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The Australasian Grebe may raise up to three successive broods in a season. The pale blue eggs are laid in a nest which is a floating mound of vegetation, normally anchored to a submerged branch or reed. The striped downy chicks are able to swim from birth and are cared for by both parents. When parents start breeding again, however, the young of the previous brood are driven away.
http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Tachybaptus-novaehollandiae

We have 2 young that were sighted ,did not get pic in nest as when I was about to take pic Dusty yelled SNAKE.
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taken in our yard. 2012
 

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Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) floats high and buoyantly, often with feathers fluffed out to give a rotund shape. Dives with forward plunge, headfirst; causes but slight ripple on the water. Spends most of the day hunting for small freshwater crayfish and other aquatic life at depths of 3 metres or more; brings prey to surface, shaking it violently, prbably breaking off the hard claws. Occasionally makes short pattering flights across the water surface on rapidly whirring wings, displaying white upper wing panels. (Field Guide to Australian Birds page 30 - M Morcombe)
 
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