Australasian Grebe

The Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae), is a tiny water bird common on freshwater lakes and rivers in greater Australia, New Zealand and on nearby Pacific islands.

At 9.75 to 10.75 inches in length, it is one of the smallest members of the grebe family. Both sexes are dark brown above with a glossy-black head and neck and a striking chestnut facial stripe, extending from behind the eye to the base of the neck. The eye is yellow, with a prominent pale yellow face spot below. Both are generally duller, with no chestnut stripe, the face spot whiter, and throat and front grey-white.

It is an excellent swimmer and diver, and usually dives immediately when alarmed and swims away under water

Photo By Glen Fergus