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|Guarding the HomesiteClark’s grebes
Colored Pencil on Fabriano
11" x 20"
On the choppy waters of Bear River, Utah, a pair of grebes stand guard over their nest. The female shelters their eggs, while her mate is on alert nearby. Large grasses and reeds form a living tapestry in the background.
I have always been very fond of grebes, which are another type of waterfowl like ducks and geese. On this summer visit to Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, the breeding season was in full swing and we were able to see some of the birds in their courtships dances, as well as on the nest, like this pair. The nest is made of grasses and other material and floats on the surface of the water.
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