Australasian Grebes have enjoyed the conditions over summer, with many pairs breeding on the small bush dams scattered through the local forests and farmland areas. On this small dam in the Muckleford bush there have been at least three breeding attempts, the first in early spring.
Last evening I encountered two striped youngsters, duck-diving repeatedly as I circumnavigated the dam. The parents were nowhere to be seen.
A ‘pair’ of herons – the more common White-faced Heron and less usual White-necked Heron were feeding in the shallows before I disturbed them.