Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
The Little Grebe (also known as Dabchick) is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds. Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles age, eventually turning black once in adulthood. In winter, its size, buff plumage, with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enable easy identification.
This scene was captured at the Klein Namutoni water-hole, south of the Namutoni rest-camp, Etosha National Park, northern Namibia, Southern Africa.