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Nesting Grebe

Nesting Grebe
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-02 14:50
Viewed: 2330
Points: 8
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Pied-billed Grebe
Podilymbus podiceps

Grèbe à bec bigarré (French)
Zambullidor piquigrueso, Macá picopinto (Spanish)

A small diving bird with a chicken-like bill, the Pied-billed Grebe is common on lakes and ponds across North America. It is rarely seen flying and prefers to sink out of sight when danger threatens.

Small waterbird.
Brown head and body, with tufted, whitish rump.
Small head and bill.
Bill short, but thick.
Bill pale, with black ring around it in summer.
Black throat in summer.
Size: 30-38 cm (12-15 in)
Wingspan: 45-62 cm (18-24 in)
Weight: 253-568 g (8.93-20.05 ounce)

Sex Differences:
Sexes look alike.

Song a loud "kuk-kuk-kuk, kaow, kaow, kaow, kaow, kaowk, kaowk, kawk."

Conservation Status:
Common. Breeding populations declining in some areas, especially at edge of range.

Cool Facts:
The Pied-billed Grebe is rarely seen in flight. It prefers to escape predators by diving, and it migrates at night. However, it can fly, and stray individuals have reached Hawaii and Europe.
Although it swims like a duck, the Pied-billed Grebe does not have webbed feet. Instead of having a webbing connecting all the toes, each toe has lobes extending out on the sides that provide extra surface area for paddling.

The downy chicks can leave the nest soon after hatching, but they do not swim well at first and do not spend much time in the water in the first week. They sleep on the back of a parent, held close beneath its wings. By the age of four weeks, the young grebes are spending day and night on the water. For the first ten days their response to danger is to climb onto a parent's back. After that, when danger threatens, they dive under water.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-02 23:03]

Very nice capture ManYee!
The pose of this Pied-billed Grebe is great and taken from nice POV in fine lighting with excellent sharpness. The composition is just right too.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-07-02 23:18]

great image. good background. congrats

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-03 3:46]

Hello Manyee,
Special photo of this Pied-billed Grebe in a beautiful natural environment. Very good sharpness, nice pose and an excellent composition.

Hello Manyee,
This is amazing.
I think, It has eggs.
Very good detalis and home picture.
Have a good day.

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