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Today I thought I share some images from my Spring Grebe excursion.   We met at 5:45am to get out on the water to see the sun rise over the mountains and get that great light.

We were so fortunate to have a lovely morning with a rosy glow, and the Grebes were up and feeding already as well.

The male Grebes impressed me by how hard they work to feed the family.  I’ll try to convey that with some images.

The male making a fish transfer to his mate and a hungry chick poking its head out in anticipation;

Clark's Grebe Pair making fish transfer

…but that little fish was a slippery one and she dropped it, fortunately, she was able to retrieve it quickly!

Clark Grebe Pair

Here a Clark’s Grebe male is just about to make the transfer;

Clark's Grebe Male making Fish Transfer to Female

Here’s a Clark’s Grebe male feeding a fish directly to a chick. That fish looks too big for that tiny bill!

Clark's Grebe Male Transferring Fish to Grebe Chick

With several mouths to feed the male does a whole lot of fishing!

He helps with swimming lessons, and even gives the female a break by allowing the chicks to swim from Mom’s back to his. Western Grebes:  Yes, it’s a butt shot. 🙂

Western Grebes

Seeing this was so exciting and so darn adorable!!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5

Have a wonderful week-end Everyone!

More to come…

 

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20 Comments

  1. Gorgeous photos, Deborah :-)! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m so glad you got lovely morning light.

    • Thank you Myriam! I’m am happy we got great morning light too. You never know what it will be like.

  2. Such a lovely series, Deborah! Beautiful!!

  3. So lovely and sweet! Adorable!

  4. What a beautiful bird-sociology lesson. I looked back on your previous Grebe excursions; you have stunning pictures of them.

    • Oh thank you so much Bunty for this wonderful comment and compliment! You made my day! I’ll float all day on this. 🙂 xx

  5. Beautiful images Deborah, I wish we had them around here cause I think they are an incredible species.

    • Thank you so much Harold! You have more Eagles, and Bear wonderful images so I think I’m still under your amazing wildlife, but I’m so thankful that you look and comment on my images!

  6. Excellent series!

  7. Wow, thank you for sharing this sequence, Deborah. I had no idea they had such a sweet family life.

    • Thanks for the lovely comment Melissa! They are wonderful, and I like them more and more every year that I photograph them. 🙂

  8. Love the colour of the water.

  9. Aw – what a charming family. This is a good story for a Saturday morning.

    • Thank you Dan! I’m glad you liked the story.

      I’m off to see if I can RED on Prime or Youtube. 🙂

  10. I so enjoyed seeing these!

  11. Mother Nature and her flock of characters make you smile for sure. Beautiful photos. 🙂


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