Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Species
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis). Winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on January 4th 2016.
Winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on January 4th 2016.
(1/200th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis). Summer plumage. Taken at Tophill Low, East Yorks on June 7th 2008.
Summer plumage. Taken at Tophill Low, East Yorks on June 7th 2008.
(1/320th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis). Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 21st 2014.
Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 21st 2014.
(1/1600th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 23-29 cm

A small, dumpy grebe which often appears to have a 'sawn-off' rear end. It readily dives when disturbed, usually surfacing unseen some distance away. In summer it has a bright chestnut throat and cheeks and a pale gape patch at the base of the bill. The gape patch is smaller in winter, and the bright chestnut colouring disappears.

It is found across the UK, although largely absent from upland areas.

Its favoured habitats are lakes, gravel pits, canals and slow rivers with plenty of vegetation. In winter it can be found on more exposed lakes, as well as sheltered coasts and estuaries.

It breeds in the vegetated margins of small inland waters. It keeps in cover of reeds and sedges for long periods. It often winters on larger lakes and reservoirs.

This species is on the UK amber list. There are about 10000 breeding pairs in the UK. Between 18000 and 36000 birds over-winter in the UK.

Sightings

16-Dec-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
09-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
30-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
22-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
17-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
31-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
07-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (1)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (11)

30-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
23-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (9)
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (2)
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
11-Oct-2017 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (13)
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (6)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (5)
24-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
14-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12)
28-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)

11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (2)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
30-Jan-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (18)

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
28-Nov-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
01-Nov-2015 : Baulking, Oxon (6)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
23-Oct-2015 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (2)
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (17)
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (16)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (11)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7+)
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
02-Jul-2014 : North Cave Wetlands, E. Yorkshire (1)
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks (2)
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)