The Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) is an Australian native water bird which will be found in deep freshwater ponds, open wetlands, and coastal saltwater areas. It is carnivorous and dives underwater to catch fish. It will also dive underwater to escape danger.
It has distinctive characteristic markings, which include: long pointed bill and red eyes. Its upper body is dark brown while the under parts are white. When breeding it has a crest or tuft of black feathers on top of the head and red-brown ruff of feathers around the neck. In non-breeding birds the ruff and tufts are greatly reduced or absent, particularly in winter.
Its body is up to 50 centimetres in length. Its race in Australia is australis.
This particular bird was swimming on Barongarook Creek a freshwater creek which flows into Lake Colac which is brackish water. It was diving constantly for food and seemed undeterred by human activity on the creek bank.
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