Dabchick or Lesser Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficolis)
The little grebe is often called the 'Dabchick'. The back and head plumage is slate grey coloured, and the cheeks and throat are a deep reddish brown. There is a small white spot by the bill.
The little grebe or dabchick appears very round and dumpy on the surface of the water, but their bodies are highly maneuverable below the water. Their legs are set well back along the body to give extra propulsion, and their tail feathers are extremely short, so as not to get in the way of the feet when they are moving fast.
Keoladev Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
Nikon | 400 mm | f/4 | ISO 100 | 1/400 seconds