Red-necks Revisited


WC has written earlier about this year’s Red-necked Grebe nest at Wander Lake, on Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary. There are developments.

The female Grebe laid three eggs. When WC was there last, one egg had hatched. Grebe checks usually ride on a parent’s back, generally tucked under a wing. But they will emerge to receive food from the other parent.

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Food Coming!

The parents were very successful at foraging, coming up with something for the kid about every other dive. Suckers and Blackfish and insect larvaue, for the most part.

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Tasty Morsel

The light was difficult when deliveries were made from the left; happily one or two came from the right, in the direction of the morning sunlight.

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Fresh Blackfish!

After a while, the female got a little hungry herself and there was a shift change.

Shift Change

Shift Change

You can see the hatched chick at the right edge of the nest. If you look very carefully, you’ll see the two unhatched eggs in the nest, brown ovals just visible, directly under the adult’s chest. You can also see how far back on the adult’s body the legs are located.It makes these birds very clumsy on land. But it also makes them extremely powerful swimmers, particularly underwater hen they dive to forage for food.

As before, if you are in Fairbanks stop by and have a look. Stay on the path, and don’t disturb the birds.

 

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