Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Dabchick.


The name 'Dabchick' is synonymous with the Little Grebe (Tachybabtus ruficollis), often described as a shy, small, rounded or dumpy grebe which has a fluffy or 'powder-puff' rear end.

During a visit to the London Wetland Centre at Barnes on Monday we saw several at long distance, constantly diving and often moving further away but eventually located one individual from one of the hides who stayed afloat long enough for a few images.

I had to use the digital zoom capabilities of the PowerShot SX50 HS but by using the hide window ledge as a steady I'm fairly pleased with the cropped results.


Eventually the bill will darken; the cheeks and foreneck will attain its adult chestnut hue plus the prominent and distinctive pale yellow fleshy gape (see image below taken later in Sept 2010 and in the blog header)FAB.


Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

24 comments:

  1. I enjoyed viewing these shots.

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  2. Super images Frank, a lovely little bird, they're not usually so cooperative!...[;o)

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  3. je hebt hem behoorlijk in de kijkert.

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  4. Nice shots Frank. It's not easy getting these birds so sharp.

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  5. I like the "powder-puff" rear description! Great photos - the reflections are perfect too!

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  6. The Dabchick looks as though it's smiling! Lovely photos of this sweet bird Frank!

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  7. Beautiful! The fluffy rear is very cute. :-)

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  8. Nice shots! Looks similar to some of our grebes. I like the fluffy bum!

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  9. What lovely captures, and such a beautiful location.

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  10. he is a beautiful little guy.

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  11. Love grebes! You are right to be pleased with the results of the zoom!

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  12. Lovely birds to see Frank... fantastic images.

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  13. I like the beautiful work you have exposed in your blog.

    Congratulations and greetings.

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  14. Love this little guy. Looks alot like our pied billed grebe. You captured it nicely

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  15. Love all Grebes.....and you've got great photos of this little one;)

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  16. Great looking little bird - I always feel a bit old fashioned calling them Dabchicks - but thats what they were called when I first saw them!

    I used to see the male eiders in full splendour when I lived in the NE, but it would have been nice to see them again! I'll just have to come back!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  17. Nice shots!, beautiful little bird :-)

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  18. Many thanks for all your kind comments.

    Cheers ... FAB.

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