Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pied-Billed Grebes

We saw this momma Pied-billed Grebe and her youngster on a lake not too far from the CDR. They are small in size and dive when threatened. I also learned that they are rarely seen in flight and prefer to migrate at night. Although they swim like a duck, they do not have webbed feet. Instead of having a webbing connecting all the toes, each toe has lobes extending out on the sides that provide extra surface area for paddling.

Pied-Billed Grebes


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We have grebes on the Lake here at Fern Ridge (we're just back in Oregon after our roadtrip -- I am so behind on blogging, both writing and reading).

Sylvia K said...

They're beautiful! And what a great capture! Hope your week is going well, Sally!


Amanda said...

Oh and they have a haunting call!