late breeding record for Australasian Grebe

To: 'chatline' <>
Subject: late breeding record for Australasian Grebe
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 11:36:41 +0000

Yes, maybe. It depends if breeding is typically timed according to date, or calendar, by that I mean time of year. That might be normal for permanent water. However if breeding is timed according to having available water, from recent rains after a very long dry period, then I wouldn’t think it is late, it is correct timing……..


From: Michael Lenz [
Sent: Wednesday, 18 March, 2020 6:35 PM
To: chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] late breeding record for Australasian Grebe


Today(18 Mar) on a farm dam on the eastern side of Lake George was a pair of Australasian Grebes, incubating a clutch of eggs. This very late breeding, no doubt, triggered by the recent rains.


It may be worthwhile for observers to check out other smaller bodies of water. Other pairs of Australasian Grebes may have the same idea. 


Michael Lenz

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