Generations of Western Grebes

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The chicks are hatched and the Western Grebe families are offering some great wildlife photography opportunities this time of year. However, I quickly realized it was going to be a patience game since there was no blinds and no way to conceal from these birds so it became a waiting game until they were comfortable enough with my presence to slowly inch back in my direction throughout the day.

After nearly 3 hours of sitting the mate had begun to swim near my area offering great photos of him catching minnows and then promptly swimming back to the center of the lake to feed the young ones. This continued for another 3 hours until finally, the family made its usual rounds down the shoreline - catching food to feed themselves and the very energetic chicks riding on the adults back - until they finally appeared right in front of me and continued to fish with no reservations.

Enjoy! 

Photo of western grebe family feeding young chick on adults back
Western Grebe Family
Western Grebe Drying Off - Wildlife Photography
Drying Off

Bill Van der Hagen

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