While we were watching the Spotless Crake, I took a few shots of the Hoary Headed Grebe that had passed by just below the platform we were standing on. Usually Grebes don’t get too close to humans and will automatically dive under water if they feel threatened in anyway. Just looking at them directly can make them disappear. This one stayed nearby and did not dive at all, it just dibbled a bit under the surface. The young eagle-eyes of one of my fellow birders noticed a splash of orange/red on the grebe’s back and said that it might be injured. Meanwhile I just kept shooting…..
and then out popped a hitch-hiker….
Birds will continue to breed through Spring/Summer/Autumn if there is a stable food source and minimum threats. The local birders have not seen Grebes breed at the Lake before and it is a good sign.