Posted by: atowhee | November 7, 2015

THE SAGA OF THE HUNGRY TEENAGER

While at Tule Lake on Friday we watched some lingering Western Grebes and among them were adult-juvenile duos. The juvenile grebes were almost full size but still dependent on dad for a meal, so the young were squawking as they followed the adult grebe. The the adult would dive down and the young would fall silent until the grown-up resurfaced. then I got a sequence where the adult comes up with small fish and pond-weed in its beak, passes the fish to the youngster, and then gags to get the pond weed out of its own throat. Enjoy:

GREBESHere the juvie follows the adult, then he squeals for food, then the parent dives after fish.

GREBES2GREBE DIVES (1280x717) When the adult surfaces it has fish and pond weed in its beak. Burt soon the male is served.
GREBES FISH

GREBES FISH2

GREBES FISH3

GREBES FISH4

GREBES FISH5


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