While it remains dry, a series of heavy storms in late January has at least provided an opportunity for some local species to breed. A pair of Australasian Grebes constructed a floating nest on this dam in the Muckleford bush; nest-building in this species can occur at any time of year when triggered by flooding, although they will also breed on permanent water during the spring.
A fall of more than 50mm transformed the dam overnight from bone dry to full and the grebes arrived, seemingly from nowhere. Their size and demeanour gives no real clue to their amazing flying capabilities, or their ability to find a tiny water body in the middle of dense bush. You can only presume that it was spied from high up on the wing. While the mystery remains, there is no question about their success – three small chicks with their distinctive striped appearance are now trailing one of their parents around the dam. Only one adult was present, although there was a pair about a week ago.