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Old Apr 4, 2011, 4:41 AM   #1
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This is the third group of grebe in our locale, the Hoary Headed Grebe [Poliocephalus poliocephalus]. They're slightly bigger than the Little (Australasian) Grebe and I have found them difficult to find because both groups mingle when swimming. It wasn't until the breeding white head feathers appeared that I realised the difference just last weekend, in fact.

#1 Two h-h grebe in breeding plumage, one not
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# 2 h-h grebe with others
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I have developed quite a liking for these various groups of grebe over the past few weeks of autumn.

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Old Apr 4, 2011, 7:06 AM   #2
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These are nice looking Grebes Bernice. Now that you have captured three different kinds you can try to get more than one species in the same shot for comparison purposes. I do that with gulls and sandpipers.

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More cool looking birds.

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Old Apr 4, 2011, 5:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for the explanation Bernice, I can now go to my local lake and tell the difference by the plumage.
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Thank you all for your comments. Banksy if you go to the 'Birds in Backyards' web site you can get interesting information about all three of the Australian grebe species (see <http://birdsinbackyards.net/finder/index.cfm?searchterm=grebe&method=search>).

Steve thank you for the interest you have shown, not only on this page but on my other grebe pages as well. I, too, find these the most delightful birds. Next time we're at Dangars Lagoon I'll see if I can get some comparison shots - might need to buy some binoculars first so I know I'm taking different ones of the little species! Didn't realise I had hoary headeds until I downloaded to the computer at the weekend.

Thanks all - comments most appreciated.

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Oh how cute, lovely series, well captured.
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Thank you Dyane - appreciate your comments

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