Grebes “Walk” on Water to Find a Mate

Photo of two western grebes "rushing" towards the viewer with necks extended and water splashing. © Krisztina Scheeff
Western Grebes Rushing © Krisztina Scheeff

By Krisztina Scheeff

When it comes to dating in the world of grebes it is not as easy as just going out for a fish dinner or a morning swim. These birds have much higher standards. If a mate cannot “walk” on water, they are out of luck. I have spent years studying the grebes and the sounds they make right before rushing, so much so that my clients call me the “Grebe Whisperer.” Knowing the behavior and sounds they make is crucial to being prepared to get a shot of this unique phenomenon, since the whole production only lasts five to seven seconds.

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