If you walk near ponds - as I often do - you will often see a small bird, which dives down to keep its distance and also to find its food. This is what is known as a common resident...It is of course, a Little Grebe.
I have been trying to get a close up shot of their lovely eyes for some time...so I went up early morning, and hid under a gillie net, and waited...
pretending I was a sniper in a hollywood movie helped past the time as the sun rose..and a little male passed nearby.
Sometimes mistaken for a duckling, as they are very small. Strictly aquatic, they love the fish ponds, and will make lengthy dives underwater for their food. Here one has a shrimp.
Below are my more typical shots of this bird, so I do think the extra effort, patience and netting paid off. What do you think?