Piggyback

We were coming back from the Kiekkaaste bird hide, where we spent some time watching marsh harriers, when I spotted this handsome couple in an old waterway.

I’ve made a mental note to go back in a week or two, because I have never seen grebes carrying their chicks on their back. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen swans do that either. I desperately need to get a photo of baby birds riding piggyback.

Piggyback (by gwendolen)

According to Wikipedia great crested grebes carry their young to teach them to swim and dive. The adult will carry a chick and then dive under water, leaving the chick to float. The parent will then pop up a few feet away, leaving the chick to swim back on.

Imagine the first time that happens! The shock, the horror!

Iandthebird

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  1. Plenty of those here! Seen them riding too. According to this source they even stay on there parents backs while diving (have not witnessed that yet).

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  2. Plenty of those here! Seen them riding too. According to this source they even stay on there parents backs while diving (have not witnessed that yet).

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