Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Rather common breeding resident in lowland tanks, marshes and such water bodies while much common in the dry zone and less in wet zone. It is also known as rare breeding resident of higher hills (Warakagoda D. et. al. 2012). It lives as small flocks though solitary birds are sometime seen. Little grebe’s diet consists of small fish, various water insects and prawns. It breeds from December to February and probably again in June. The nest is a floating mass of water weeds where it lays three white eggs. 


  1. Is this a recent photo or an old one? What is the location,time and weather? Was it in the noon?

  2. It is a recent one taken at Thalangama tank few weeks ago in the morning around 7.30AM. Morning light was against the camera and so two stop of over exposing was done and hence the odd color of lotus leaves while Grebe getting its true colors.