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Winter Boston Snowgulls : Birds come to eat popcorn off our back yard

Winter Boston Snowgulls

Steve Lambert

Birds come to eat popcorn off our back yard

Updated: Jan 13, 2008 4:23pm PST

Grebes (Courtship Ritual) : <html>
Worldwide, there are 22 species of grebes, aquatic diving birds similar (though not related) to loons and auks. Seven, including the clark's and western (photographed below), are found in the United States. Also known as "helldivers," the birds are roughly the size of ducks, but share none of their affinity for flying, which grebes do clumsily and almost exclusively to migrate. With lobed feet on legs set far back on their bodies, grebes are built for swimming and diving.
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During the spring, western and clark's grebes perform spectacular courtship dances. In the “rushing” display, the mating pair swim side-by-side with their wings held back, their long necks arched, and their yellow beaks angled upward. They swim so quickly that their bodies are pushed up out of the water and they appear to run across the surface. This courtship ritual functions as a reproductive isolating mechanism, one way of preventing the grebes from exchanging genetic material with birds of other species.
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Once the courtship is over, the female will lay two to six eggs. Both male and female take turns to warm up and turn the eggs. It takes just over 20 days for the eggs to hatch.
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If you are interested in photographing the grebes, please join me at <a href="http://incredibletravelphotos.smugmug.com/gallery/4003329">the photography workshop</a> on May 8-10, 2009.
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Photograhs are for sale. Just contact Oliver Klink - oliver@incredibletravelphotos.com
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Grebes (Courtship Ritual)

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Worldwide, there are 22 species of grebes, aquatic diving birds simi ...

Updated: Jan 13, 2008 12:03am PST

Loggerhead Shrike : <div class="shortDesc">Loggerhead Shrike - Lanius ludovicanius</div>
<div class="longDesc">(Family Laniidae)</div>

Loggerhead Shrike

raptorcaptor

Loggerhead Shrike - Lanius ludovicanius (Family Laniidae)

Updated: Jan 06, 2008 12:20pm PST

Fall Winter Wildlife II 2007 : Copyright by Linda Jones. It is against the law to copy photos.

Fall Winter Wildlife II 2007

linda jones

Copyright by Linda Jones. It is against the law to copy photos.

Updated: Jan 01, 2008 10:16am PST

Kundhankulam - Dec 2007 : Dec 2007 trip to Kundhankulam bird sanctuary.

Kundhankulam - Dec 2007

Srirama Raja

Dec 2007 trip to Kundhankulam bird sanctuary.

Updated: Dec 29, 2007 8:16am PST

Herons :

Herons

Ken

Updated: Dec 25, 2007 7:58pm PST

Egrets :

Egrets

Ken

Updated: Dec 25, 2007 7:58pm PST

Costa Rica 2006 :

Costa Rica 2006

akpeac

Updated: Dec 20, 2007 1:44pm PST

Bosque del Apache NM October 2007 :

Bosque del Apache NM October 2007

Ken

Updated: Dec 11, 2007 9:28pm PST

Birds at LC de Villiers Sports Stadium : The sports grounds of the University of Pretoria have extensive gardens, which include three dams. These dams are frequented by waterfowl and herons during the breeding season.

Birds at LC de Villiers Sports Stadium

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The sports grounds of the University of Pretoria have extensive garden ...

Updated: Dec 06, 2007 10:32pm PST