Young waterbird

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dwatsonbb
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Young waterbird

Today at the Cygnet Coastal Reserve (50klm from Hobart Tasmania) - this young one, a bit smaller than an adult Silver Gull. There were 2, this is the largest. Unable to get to close, they would take flight!

Grebe???

rawshorty
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I'm only new to birding but i would say a Hoary-headed Grebe? I'm sure others will tell you for sure.

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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dwatsonbb wrote:

Unable to get to close, they would take flight!

Grebe???

yes, a Hoary-headed Grebe

and actually they would dive rather than take flight but the ones that I have seen do not seem to dive as quickly as Australasian Grebe

Peter

dwatsonbb
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Thanks guys, these did actually take flight, was crossing a small bridge as they were passing under it, they flew about 5 or 10 metres, and then settled again, got as close as i could before they became aware of my presence.
Another new species for me (2 new birds today counting Eurasion Coot), having trouble posting multiple photos to 1 thread, so i will post some later.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

SteveM
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I'll add that it's not a 'young one'. It has partial adult breeding plumage, i.e. the hoary streaking on the head.

dwatsonbb
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Thanks for that., I was looking at the soft downy looking rump, but 1st to admit I am very much a beginner, and always happy to learn.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Araminta
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Hi Dale, here is one of the other two Grebe, the Australasian Grebe, and one with a Baby. There is also the Great Crested Grebe, I just have to find a photo. Some people think Grebe are small ducks, but they are quite different.They have short wings and long, individually webbed toes on feet that are set far back.

M-L

SteveM
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Great shots M-L.
Dale, note these adults have got soft downy looking rumps too. I guess that helps keep them warm in the cold Tassie water.

Araminta
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yes I found one. Here is a Great Crested Grebe. in breeding colours. Hope you like it?

M-L

dwatsonbb
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As usual superb M-L, thanks. Nice to see all the Grebes. Finishes off a top day for me - probably seen before (I got into birds) the Hoary Headed Grebe, Eurasion Coots and the Eastern Great Egret, But 1st time with any real interest.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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Dale, your comment "probably seen before (I got into birds)" made me wonder what birds I was seeing before I became a keen bird watcher. I can remember black birds calling at Prospect in Adelaide as a kid & I can remember what were called sparrow hawks (Australian kestrels) when on holidays at Burra SA. Maybe large flocks of starlings. But that's about it. I can't even remember New Holland honeyeaters from my bush walks with mates as a teenager. I must have lacked observation &/or curiosity.

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