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Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed 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: 2013-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-13 17:44
Viewed: 1793
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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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  • Great 
  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-05-13 22:40]

interesting closeup of the species. nice angle. tfs.

Nice to see a juvenile Grebe. Well done ... these are timid birds and hard to capture. Well done. They seem to be looking at one another.


Hi Manyee.. How are you ? its been a long time!.

Lovely Image of Chick and its parent! The small waves in the water has created some nice effect in the BG
Goutham R

Hello Manyee
Great capture of this family side by side.Great POV,wonderful colours and excellent shapness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-14 13:37]

Hi Manyee,looks like to see the floating toys for the childs..eheh..magnificent capture whit fine details and bright colors,an excellent opportunity that you caught very very well,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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