Evening at the bush dam

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.

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Australasian Grebe (juvenile), Bush dam on South German Track, 12th February 2017

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Remains of Australasian Grebe nest

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White-faced Heron

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White-necked Heron

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One response to “Evening at the bush dam

  1. Beautiful shots of the Herons. There were a pair in the Williamstown Botanical Gardens, then one and now there don’t appear to be any.. I think dogs off the leash may be the problem. I saw one escape a dog by just inches.

    On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 8:03 AM, Natural Newstead wrote:

    > Geoff Park posted: “Australasian Grebes have enjoyed the conditions over > summer, with a 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 attempt” >

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