Birds of Beaumont #12 – Red-Necked Grebe

Most photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city and May 29, 2021 on a return visit.

The photos of Mom and babes were taken on July 1, 2021

This is such a pretty, elegant bird. At one time, I confused this bird with the red breasted merganser, before I realized the merganser has a much shorter neck and a punk hair style.

Size: 43-56 cm (17-22 inches)

Status: uncommon to locally common from April to October)

Habitat: Breeding – emergent vegetation zone of lakes and ponds Migration – open deeper lakes

Nesting: floating platform nest of aquatic vegetation anchored to submerged plants

Source: Partners and Lone Pine Publishing Birds of Alberta

Breeding pair
I told you to Wait for me!
Fun house reflection
I’m so pretty
I think this is streamlined mode. Note how the neck is tucked down for speed. He was smokin’
You just wait ’til your father gets home.
You always were Momma’s favourite.
Hey watch this Mommy, watch this Mommy. Mom! Mom!! MOM!!!

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “Birds of Beaumont #12 – Red-Necked Grebe

  1. Fantastic bird photos, Allan 🙂 According to Bird Watch Ireland, Red-neck-grebe is a very rare winter visitor to coastal areas from October to March. They certainly are fantastic photo subjects 🙂 Aiva

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