September 29, 2014

Low rider

This horned grebe rides low in the water and can do a fast flip and disappear in the blink of an eye.
There were four of them, in non-breeding plumage, cruising in the lake of Rondeau Provincial Park.

Podiceps auritus

A sleeping or resting Horned Grebe puts its neck on its back with its head off to one side and facing forward. It keeps one foot tucked up under a wing and uses the other one to maneuver in the water. Having one foot up under a wing makes it float with one "high" side and one "low" side.

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