Little Grebe (Dabchick) Tachybaptus ruficollis

A common species throughout most of the UK (except the north of Scotland). Very much a freshwater species - although sometimes seen in harbours this species is very rarely observed on the open sea.

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Little Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 26th April 2008

 

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Little Grebe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 3rd January 2009

 

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Little Grebe, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 6th May 2006

 

Little Grebe, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 7th June 2008

 

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adult (left) and juvenile (right) Little Grebes, Flixton GPs (Suffolk, UK), 27th August 2005

 

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Little Grebes, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 9th February 2008

 

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Little Grebe, Brancaster (Norfolk, UK), 27th September 2015

 

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juvenile (left) and adult (right) Little Grebes, Holkham Park (Norfolk, UK), 8th August 2006

 

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Little Grebes, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 7th November 2003

 

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Little Grebe, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 28th December 2015

 

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Little Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 11th December 2005

 

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Little Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 22nd July 2007

 

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Little Grebes, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 13th October 2007

 

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Little Grebe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 3rd November 2012

 

Little Grebe, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 13th August 2006

 

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Little Grebe, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 8th December 2012

 

Little Grebe, St James's Park (Greater London, UK), 15th July 2013

 

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adult and chick Little Grebes, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 29th May 2004

 

Little Grebe chick, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 5th June 2004

 

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Little Grebe, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 3rd January 2009

 

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adult and chick Little Grebes, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 5th June 2015

 

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Little Grebe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 8th November 2004

 

Little Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd December 2005

 

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Little Grebe, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 18th April 2003

 

Little Grebe chick, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 26th May 2007

 

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Little Grebe, Ebro Delta (Cataluña, Spain), 20th May 2013

 

Little Grebe, Riet Vell, Ebro Delta (Cataluña, Spain), 21st May 2013

 

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juvenile Little Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd September 2007

 

Little Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 14th October 2007

 

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Little Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 4th November 2007

 

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Little Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 6th February 2010

 

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Little Grebe, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 2nd February 2013

 

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juvenile Little Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 20th July 2008

 

Little Grebe, Ludo Farm (Algarve, Portugal), 29th April 2006

 

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Little Grebe, Wells (Norfolk, UK), 20th January 2012

 

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Little Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th October 2007

 

Little Grebe, Granelli (Sicily, Italy), 29th April 2012

 

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Little Grebe, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 8th December 2012

 

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adult and juvenile Little Grebes, Thornham (Norfolk, UK), 28th September 2015

 

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juvenile Little Grebe, Thornham (Norfolk, UK), 12th October 2015

 

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Little Grebes, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 1st January 2016

 

Little Grebes, Martham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 3rd April 2016

 

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Little Grebe, Lynford (Norfolk, UK), 20th March 2005

 

This species has a wide distribution across Europe, Asia and Africa. Eastern birds are quite distinct but African birds are very similar to European ones, although in flight they show distinctly more white in the secondaries. The following one is an African bird of the race capensis.

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Little Grebe (race capensis), Chelinda Dam, Nyika (Malawi), 6th October 2008