Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Red-necked Grebe

In the Western Hemisphere, Red-necked Grebes nest in northwestern North America. They winter off both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the continent. I have seen several in Rice County, Minnesota, about the southeastern limit of their breeding range. When I took this photo of a Red-necked Grebe in northeast South Dakota, I did not notice the black and white striped young riding on its parent's back. In its limited breeding area in South Dakota, this grebe seemed to prefer relatively deep lakes, especially those surrounding the Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.

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