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Australasian Grebe

Australasian Grebe (Image ID 44810)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Sun 14th Feb, 2021 and uploaded on Tue 16th Feb, 2021 .
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ID44810
CommentAustralasian Grebes are often to be found in the large expanse of wetland waters on the west side of Oak St in the Royal Park Wetlands. Easy to miss sometimes because of their inclination to take long dives. In this case, I noticed the chick first as it swum around in circles, looking this way and that. Then suddenly up popped the parent a little distance away and they quickly came together for the parent to feed it a titbit. The adult is in its very distinctive breeding plumage, with reddish-brown neck patch and black patch. The large chick for its part has its zebra like facial stripes, and lost no time in taking the morsel. The same routine went on for several minutes, with the parent diving and coming up with the goods. But then the parent decided enough was enough. It decided that the youngster needed to be taught to do its own diving and searching for food. So instead of bringing it food, the parent began forcing the chick under the water.
EquipmentNikonZ7ii Nikon 300mm f4 PF TC1.4 420mm ISO 1250 1/500th f8
LocationRoyal Park Wetlands, Parkville, Victoria
Keywordsjuvenile, feeding/with prey, adult, breeding plumage/features
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