|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
The Little Grebe is found in temperate and tropical areas of the Old World from Europe to New Guinea and southern Africa.
|It is fairly tolerant of a wide variety of water habitats and is found on smaller and shallower bodies of water than other grebes. It makes shallow dives of about 1 metre in search of its food which consists of insects, larvae, small shellfish and fish. It is found less often at the coast than other grebes and , at the coast, it normally seeks out sheltered estuaries.|
|The first photo, taken in January,shows a Little Grebe in non-breeding plumage. It should be on the point of starting to moult into its breeding plumage. The other photos show a nest with 3 chicks at Blackford Pond, Edinburgh. The photos were taken on 10th June 2002|