Hoary Headed Grebe
Distribution and Habitat
Various sorts of Grebes are also found in our wetlands, some more common than others. Best known is the Hoary Headed Grebe. A very small bird, less than half the size of a Black Duck.
The Hoary Headed Grebe is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.
These birds don't have any distinctive colour or markings. The short pointed bill is a good feature to look for. They float high on the water but dive quickly when alarmed.
You can't really see the striped breeding plumage of Hoary Headed Grebes from any distance. That's a young bird nearest the camera. They are not good flyers and like Coots patter across the water with their short wings beating fast, trailing legs behind them. Most Grebes have white wing patches and white under the wings. These Grebes are such small birds that they should never be mistaken for anything else.
Video footage of the Hoary Headed Grebe is attached below.