Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Red-necked Grebes

Adult Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)

Last week on a visit to a Toronto park on Lake Ontario, I was lucky to see this adult Red-necked Grebe swimming fairly close to shore with two juveniles. At first I assumed this adult was a female but since Red-neck Grebe males and females - which look very similar - raise their young, this could be a male.

Juvenile still with stripes on its face and fluff on its body

 Most Red-necked Grebes nest in shallow lakes and ponds quite a way north of Lake Ontario, but this year at least two couples have raised families in Toronto.

 Adult guarding young as they sleep

Sorry about the glare in these photos but I had to face westerly in late afternoon to get these shots.
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

32 comments:

Revrunner said...

Not quite as dapper as other waterfowl. :-)

Breathtaking said...

Cute fluffy juvenile Red-necked Grebes, with nice markings on faces.

Karen S. said...

Love these faces, and your captures, especially the expression on the first one, just beautiful! I wonder what it sees?

Giga said...
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Giga said...

It's nice to see the birds in you rarely seen. I greet you.

Judy said...

I love the reflections in the water in the middle image!!

TexWisGirl said...

so very cute!

see you there! said...

Nice reflections. I like to see the parent watching over the little fluffy ones.

Darla

DeniseinVA said...

Your photos are great EG, love those young ones, and this is such a pretty bird.

William Kendall said...

The adult's very watchful indeed!

Judy said...

Gotta love those red necks!

Mersad said...

These are really great birds (and photographs).

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Such sweet babies!

cieldequimper said...

I love the 'fluffyness'!

eileeninmd said...

I just love all the
Grebes! The striped face juvie is adorable!

RedPat said...

This is a new one for me, EG!

Vagabonde said...

I did not know these ducks. Your photographs are good even though you say you have a glare. The juvenile looks so sweet – almost like a fluffy toy.

Lisa Gordon said...

What beautiful creatures they are!
Just love the little one.

Christian Weiß said...

Great shots and cute birds.

Gunilla Bäck said...

The juveniles are so cute!

Hannah said...

Grebes are so cute! The striped faces and fluff are darling, and the parent watching over the babies while they sleep. I enjoyed seeing them. Great shots!

Stephanie said...

Sweet looking birds.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Good shots and nice to see the juveniles as well.

Ginny said...

I have never seen baby Grebes, they are adorable, they have zebra faces!! I do not notice any glare at all! Love the last one where they are sleeping with mom watching over.

Marie said...

Great birds! Lovely shots.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty and cute all at the same time....I've not seen one of the grebes like this but only in pictures. You're so very lucky.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I've see many grebes EG but not the red necks.. love the babies, so sweet!

Jette Hollesen said...

The cat has lovely and intense eyes,

Hugs
JetteMajken

janiceadcock said...

Nice captures.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I saw these guys (and/or gals) for the first time this summer in Anchorage. Love all grebes but this one is really quite special -- and you got babies too! Wonderful.

Mary Cromer said...

These are fabulous!

Rose said...

Those young are so sweet and cute...

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