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Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) and their Young
Earlier this year was my first encounter with Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) at Mono Lake in the Californian Eastern Sierras. They were just arriving and the guide books said that there would be so many that you could walk on them to the other side of the lake! However, when visiting Saskatoon Lake Provincial Park in Alberta it was great to see many adults with their young. The young were of mixed ages: some were still riding on the parents backs; some were being shown how to feed themselves and the occasional few were diving for themselves. However, the primary activity on the lake was feeding the young. Having fed the young the adult usually brings the beak into the body and arches the neck. Here both the adult and young are doing the ritual. Here is an image of a parent "washing" the catch before passing it directly to the beak of the young. This little Grebe was learning how to dive, but bringing up its own camouflage. This little diver had [...]