Winners Photography Awards 2009
Little Grebe by Dinesh Kumble
This is a candid, seldom seen moment in the life of a secretive grebe family. One parent has brought food for the hungry chicks nestled cosily within the fluffed plumage of its partner. Little Grebes Tachybaptus ruficollis are the smallest of all Asian grebes and favour heavily-vegetated freshwater bodies where they construct inconspicuous, floating nests near the water’s edge. Excellent swimmers and divers, they pursue their quarry – fish and aquatic invertebrates – underwater. Like all grebes, their legs are set far apart to aid passage through their almost totally aquatic home. This undoubtedly renders them clumsy on land, but extremely graceful in water.