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Pied-billed Grebe - Juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe - Juvenile
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Copyright: Jean Yves Bissonnette (JYB) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 84] (916)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, RAW @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-07 10:06
Viewed: 3418
Points: 12
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Have a nice day to all and thanks for all your comments and critiques. JYB

Infos on Pied-billed Grebe

A small diving bird with a chicken-lke 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 ounces)
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.

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

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.

Source : http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Pied-billed_Grebe.html

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Merhaba Jean,müthiş bir yansıma ve ışık.Hareketi yakalamış olman çok güzel.Bu da büyüyüp yetişkin olacak.Ama böyle daha sevimliler sanırım.Ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

Hi Jean,

Very good composition and detail. What I especially like is the matching colour of the background, It makes for a pleasing picture as well.


very nice and sharp young one, TFS Ori

Hello Jean,

A lovely shot of this young bird. It looks to be smiling!
Excellent details of the colour and texture of its plummage in nice, sharp focus.
The reflection helps to give this shot special appeal.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2008-09-09 17:44]

Bonjour Jean-Yves,

J'aime beaucoup l'effet de lumière de votre cliché, tôt le matin ou tard le soir ... et la pose de l'oiseau est super

Hello Jean Yves,
You have such fantastic shots in your gallery, great capture of this baby pied bill grebe, excellent composition and good low point of view, beautiful natural colors and good clarity, superb sharpness, nice depth of field and lovely golden light, very nice relections.

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