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|Familiar to most North American birders in its black-and-white winter plumage, the Horned Grebe is more striking in its red-and-black breeding feathers. Its "horns" are yellowish patches of feathers behind its eyes that it can raise and lower at will.|
•Small head and bill.
•Bill short and thin.
•White cheek in winter.
•Reddish neck, black cheek, and yellow tuft behind eye in summer.
•Like most grebes, the small chicks of the Horned Grebe frequently ride on the backs of their swimming parents. The young ride between the wings on the parent's back, and may even go underwater with them during dives.
•The Horned Grebe regularly eats some of its own feathers, enough that its stomach usually contains a matted plug of them. This plug may function as a filter or may hold fish bones in the stomach until they can be digested. The parents even feed feathers to their chicks to get the plug started early.
•A sleeping or resting Horned Grebe puts its neck on its back with its head off to one side and facing forward. It keeps one foot tucked up under a wing and uses the other one to maneuver in the water. Having one foot up under a wing makes it float with one "high" side and one "low" side.
Breeds on small to moderate-sized, shallow freshwater ponds and marshes. Winters along coasts and on large bodies of water.
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OH PETER..this is my favorite today! how you do this is BEYOND ME! Well done my friend
- [2012-04-07 10:37]
Beautiful photo, wow, the details of the little horned grebe. I love the contrast of the warm brown red tone of the bird and cool blue of the water and sky. Beautiful details of the plumage, good composition. That red eye is amazing on this beautiful bird.
- [2012-04-07 17:40]
What an extraordinairy species! Very beautifull! I really like all the details and the low point of view. Amazing! Thanks!
No words to describe this ruffled feather beauty. Neither to describe the slide. Thanks for sharing - Subhayan.
- [2012-04-09 0:13]
Fine viewpoint for the beautiful species, fine pose and colors. tfs.