eared grebe family

Eared Grebe FamilyNIKON D7200 (550mm, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 2800)
Eared grebe [Podiceps nigricollis] family keeping close together in a pond near Castricum, NL.

The young are carried safely between the wings on a parent’s back during the first two weeks after hatching. Even the parent with the young on its back continually feeds them with the food it finds under the water surface by turning its neck more than 180 degrees to reach the little beaks of the young.