Although the sun is shining the high winds have meant that many of the local avian species are staying under cover so I have dipped into the recent archives for this weeks submission for World Bird Wednesday and Watery Wednesday.
A recent encounter with our smallest member of the 'Podicipedidae' family ... the Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as 'Dabchick'. This species is normally very shy and traditionally keeps to the reeds and sedges that surround its watery home but on this occasion it showed the inquisitive side of its nature.
During the winter the Dabchick wears a coat of dirty brown-buff and grey but as the breeding season approaches the adult colours change dramatically ... the cheeks and fore neck adopt the rich rufous hues plus that prominent pale yellow gape.
Just a brief encounter ... after a splash and a shake it was time to depart.
Eventually its whole coat will become much, much darker but one thing it does retain is that distinctive 'powder-puff' behind. FAB.