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Eared Grebe

Eared 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: 2011-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-28 21:56
Viewed: 2216
Points: 8
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Eared Grebe
Podiceps nigricollis

Cool Facts:

At its fall staging areas, the Eared Grebe more than doubles its weight. The pectoral (chest) muscles shrink to the point of flightlessness, the digestive organs grow significantly, and great fat deposits accumulate. Then before departure for migration, the digestive organs shrink back to about one-fourth their peak size and the heart and pectoral muscles grow quickly.

A cycle similar to that of the fall staging areas occurs three to six times each year for the Eared Grebe. For perhaps nine to ten months each year the species is flightless; this is the longest flightless period of any bird in the world capable of flight at all.

The Eared Grebe migrates only at night. Because of the length of its fall staging, its southward fall migration is the latest of any bird species in North America.

On cold, sunny mornings, the Eared Grebe, like some other grebe species, sunbathes by facing away from the sun and raising its rump, exposing dark underlying skin to light. This behavior may make the bird appear to have a distinctive "high-stern" profile.


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  • Great 
  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-12-28 23:17]

colorful bird image. good framing and lighting. tfs.

  • Great 
  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-29 3:12]

Hello Manyee,
splendid image of this P. nigricollis with excellent sharpness, perfect POV and nice natural colours; beautiful magnetic eye. Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-12-29 6:16]

Hello Manyee,
A very fine sharp capture of this charming little Grebe with great focus on the red eye and a beautiful reflection in the water. Lovely colours too and well framed.
TFS and all the best wishes for the New Year! Ulla

Impressive photo Manyee! The composition is excellent, The colors and the lighting are fantastic. Very good sharpness too.
My best wishes for a Happy New Year

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