The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds #16 – The Little Grebe

The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds - The Little Grebe

The Little Grebe is a water bird and is often called the Dabchick. It likes still water or slow flowing rivers, and can very often be seen on lakes in town parks.

It’s not called a Dabchick in Orkney, it’s called a Little Footy Arse. That’s a name I much prefer.

Here’s one I photographed in Italy:

Little Grebe - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Little Grebes live on small fish, water insects and water weeds. They catch the fish by diving, staying down for about a quarter-of-a-minute, and sometimes swimming quite a long way underwater.

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