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Grebe gives angler a lesson in raising a family

A red-necked grebe welcomes a painted turtle to enjoy the morning sun on her nest at the south end of Silver Lake.
A red-necked grebe welcomes a painted turtle to enjoy the morning sun on her nest at the south end of Silver Lake.

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Thanks to local angler Tom Turnbull for sharing this rare moment as he put down his own rod for a moment to watch as a red-necked grebe taught her brood to catch their food.  In his words:

I was fishing on Hauser lake a couple of weeks ago when I saw a red-necked grebe teaching her chicks to fish. She had caught a small fish, and she put it in front of her chicks. When they failed to catch it, she would dive, retrieve the fish and present it to her chicks again. Finally, one of the chicks caught the fish in its beak. I was fascinated.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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