Capricorn Coast Birds
   
     
 
Australasian Grebe
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Average size 26cm
 
         
       
    Adult in breeding plumage
taken beside the Capricorn Resort access road
   
     
       
    Adult with chick
taken at Bicentennial Lagoon in Emu Park
   
     
       
     
   
This photo of a very young chick was taken at a local wildlife carers home, the webbing on the feet only follows the toes, unlike a duck where the foot is fully webbed.
   
     
   
Distribution; throughout Australia and the Pacific region.
Habitat; shallow, weedy, freshwater wetlands, dams and ponds.
Diet;  feed on the surface and underwater on small aquatic animals such as snails, fish, insects and their larvae, and crustaceans, and they can often be seen diving repeatedly for food. When threatened instead of flying away they dive under water and, after a surprisingly long period, resurface some way off.
The birds in the photo are in breeding plumage, non-breeding plumage of both sexes is dark grey-brown above and mostly silver-grey below. Their nest is a floating damp platform of waterweeds, usually anchored in shallow water, and when sitting birds leave the nest they cover their eggs before slipping off into the water, they may raise up to three successive broods in a season.