Strange water bird living in Dam

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Meg02, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. Meg02

    Meg02 Out Of The Brooder

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    A few weeks ago to a month these strange duck's or water birds came to our dam, they don't go out of the water and live underneath it! a few days ago their nest got pushed to the side of the dam and I had a look there were about 9 pale eggs in there, when I went closer a beak popped out of the water like it was a warning to not come any closer, I couldn't find these birds anywhere but they are black and small, their nest is built out of twigs and IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WATER not on top of it.

    Can anyone help me? I need to know what these water birds are.
     
  2. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know where you are but I am guessing a coot.[​IMG]
     
  3. Meg02

    Meg02 Out Of The Brooder

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    I think that might be them I live in Queensland, Australia. The water bird/duck is the same size of an adults fist...
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    Sounds like a very interesting bird.
     
  5. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are on the other side of the world so I have no experience to offer. I did try googling though. The only small bird I found was the "Australasian Grebe", here is the link:http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/australasian-little-grebe
     
  6. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a Coot to me, too.
     
  7. Meg02

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    Update:

    Their babies have hatched they are smaller then a baby quail and I got closer to the mum and dad they have bright red streaks on their eyes, the babies are carried on their back too.
     
  8. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Photo by Keith Lightbody
    They sound amazing. I would love to see them. This picture is an Australian Grebe. Do you think it is what you have?
     

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