New Zealand Dabchick /Weweia (Poliocephalus rufopectus) (Podicipedidae: Grebes) North Island, New Zealand
The New Zealand Dabchick is a small grebe endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. An uncommon bird with only a couple of thousand in existence, making it one of the world's rarest grebes. Closely related to Australia's Hoary-headed Grebe see: vimeo.com/150567678. Also in the video is a New Zealand Scaup, another NZ endemic bird see: vimeo.com/70478573
Birds were filmed in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tarawera near Rotorua. The volcanic lakes of the Rotorua area is a stronghold for this species.
New footage taken in Nov 2015