them grow up. For such tiny juveniles, they can put on a burst of speed when they see an adult come up from a dive with food. And sometimes, they add a tiny squeal to their zoom across the water to show their excitement. (Baby American coot and common gallinules have their odd charm, also.)
I knew from my reading that, as with loons, the young grebes will sometimes ride on its parent’s back. I always looked with hope but never thought I would actually see it for myself. But it happened!
Early this August, I was doing an early morning walk around Howard Marsh West. Most of the young grebes were already half-grown, but I still enjoyed watching the family interactions. Then I saw a group of chicks that looked quite young. My obsession with baby grebes means I have to photograph nearly every one I see. While I was watching and photographing, I thought I saw something roll off the back of the adult. Was it? It was!! My excitement soared, and I was able to watch the baby get on and off several times before the family moved off into the reeds.
It was time to get to work anyway, so off I rushed to share my best sighting of the summer. And I’m more determined to get out to the marsh more frequently next year.