Good Grebe!

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!



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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.

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Ain’t nature grand?


About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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16 Responses to Good Grebe!

  1. Lyle Krahn says:

    Grand indeed. I love those baby on board photos and a bonus story.

  2. Sue says:

    Fantastic, what a great experience! Love the photos of baby on board.

  3. Janet says:

    This is great! I smiled and laughed out loud at their parenting skills.

  4. bgreiman says:

    very cute

  5. oopsjohn says:

    Wonderful photos! All taken from a kayak?

    • westerner54 says:

      Yes, all from the kayak. I’ve noticed before that grebes let us get surprisingly close to them when we’re on the water; they must think we’re just huge grebes!

  6. What a fantastic sight!

  7. Kinda gives me hope for the kids raised by inept human parents. 😉

    • westerner54 says:

      Unfortunately some human parents are even more inept than these guys! (The grebes have been successful so far, by the way – I just saw the whole family yesterday.)

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