Well Hello There Big Foot – Red-necked Grebe Spotted at Niles Pond

red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-1-copyright-kim-smithForaging around the perimeter of Niles Pond this morning was a charming Red-necked Grebe. I write charming because his feet are exquisitely enormous! As it dove for food, they were put to good use as a sort of paddling propellor. The bird spent much of the morning with its head half submerged and feet furiously working, vigorously hunting small fish and vegetation.

red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-4-copyright-kim-smithCheck out the size of the Red-necked Grebe’s foot 🙂

red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-3-copyright-kim-smithElusive

red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-5-copyright-kim-smithNiles Pond is a special place that provides habitat for myriad species of wildlife, birds especially. Its close proximity to the ocean, abundance of food, and clear fresh, gentle water draws beautiful creatures to our shores all year round.

red-necked-grebe-niles-pond-gloucester-ma-6-copyright-kim-smithAlthough considered a large member of the grebe family, the Red-necked Grebe is comparatively quite a bit smaller than the Mallards. The Red-necked Grebe is on the far right.red_necked_grebe_map_big

rgrebe_leeRed-necked Grebe in Breeding Plumage, photo courtesy Cornell All About Birds

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