Saturday, September 12, 2009

Is That A Duck? No...

I have to admit when I first caught sight of the critically endangered Little Grebe(pronounced grēb)I thought a duck. However, the Little Grebe isn't a duck but a small water bird that inhabits freshwater lakes or ponds.
These birds have a unique ability to dive and swim a great distance under water. As the Little Grebe pursues fish and aquatic invertebrate prey underwater. This skill confounded me when I was tracking the pair. Like this photo, the bird was there then gone.Not only does one have to have keen sight but one has to have keen hearing as well. I ended relocating the birds by their calls when they pop up again.
If you ever go in search of these little birds use both your senses.

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