You can’t be good at everything

“Always paint the flying spirit of the bird, rather than the feathers…’

Robert Henri

Grebes are freshwater, diving birds. They are often mistaken for ducks, however genetically they are very closely related to Flamingoes. They are a large family, with over 22 species. This little Australasian Grebe was photographed near Aldinga on beautiful spring evening walk. The follage on the water gives a nice Christmas feel. In breeding season the eye is yellow and there is a striking chestnut facial stripe. These are interesting birds. Their ability to fly is very rudimentary. They prefer to swim or walk. Flights are usually limited to a few metres and are nearly always at night. This reduces their embarrassment and their risk from pedatory birds. #harderthanitlooks #letsmakelemonade

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