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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Weekly Wow! Week of October 12, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Female Jaguar Having a Walk with Her Cubs, Mato Grosso, Pantanal, Brazil” © Pablo Cersosimo
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Female Jaguar Having a Walk with Her Cubs, Mato Grosso, Pantanal, Brazil” © Pablo Cersosimo

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 12, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Weekly Wow! Week of July 6, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Burrowing Owl Catching a Figeater Beetle” © Sha Lu
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Burrowing Owl Catching a Figeater Beetle” © Sha Lu

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, July 6, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 30, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Western Grebe Female Offers Her Chick a Feather to Eat” © Diane McAllister.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Western Grebe Female Offers Her Chick a Feather to Eat” © Diane McAllister.

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 16, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: " Hazy Light Filters Into Panther Creek Falls, Panther Creek, Washington" © Ian S. Frazier.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: ” Hazy Light Filters Into Panther Creek Falls, Panther Creek, Washington” © Ian S. Frazier.

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 9, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Malagasy Child Playing the Avenue of the Baobabs," Morondava, Madagascar © Victor Nemeth.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Malagasy Child Playing the Avenue of the Baobabs,” Morondava, Madagascar © Victor Nemeth.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 9, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase began August 1st  and runs until through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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