I’ve been watching a pair of Red-necked Grebes on a local lake since early this spring. They mated and built a nest in May, but the nest must have failed, because no little grebes ever showed up. They hung around though, and a few weeks ago I saw the mating behavior again. I eventually found their new nest, and last night we took the kayak out to check on their progress.
No grebes at the nest. Uh oh.
But wait….there they are….and….success! Baby on board!
I’m not too sure about these grebes’ parenting skills. I watched as they tried to feed the baby a fish that was twice as big as the baby:
Not surprisingly, junior couldn’t manage such a huge mouthful, and the parent dropped the fish. In his excitement, the little guy toppled overboard:
The parents didn’t seem to know what to think about this flopping around behavior.
But he popped up again, and managed to scramble back on mama’s back.
Ain’t nature grand?