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Picture taken at the Marais d’Harchies on March 28th.

The Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis, known in North America as the Eared Grebe, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. It occurs on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
The two common names for this species both refer to features visible when the bird is in its breeding plumage; in such plumage, it has an all-black neck and a spray of golden plumes on each side of its head. The name "Eared Grebe" was in usage nearly a century before the name "Black-necked Grebe". The latter was first used in 1912 by Ernst Hartert, in an effort to bring the common name of the species in line with its scientific name. The genus name of this species—Podiceps—comes from two Latin words: podicis, meaning "vent" or "anus" and pes meaning "foot". This is a reference to the attachment point of the bird's legs—at the extreme back end of its body. The specific epithet nigricollis is Latin for "black-necked": niger means "black" and collis means "neck".

Le Grèbe à cou noir (Podiceps nigricollis) est une espèce d'oiseau de la famille des podicipédidés. C'est le plus sociable de tous les grèbes, mais aussi celui dont la population mondiale est la plus nombreuse.

Thank you for your comments on my previous upload :

"Fishbone at Sunrise"

April 12, 2012
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Apr 12, 2012 3:35:23 am
Nice capture, obviously a breeding pair.

by jayfar Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 5:15:30 am
Wow! Lucky you! I have seen this grebe, but NOT in breeding plumage. I don't think they breed here. Beautiful shot!

by PatGoltz Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 6:32:06 am
they looks crazy and beautiful too !

by Feliciti Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 6:49:55 am

by erlandpil Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 7:48:11 am
Outstanding color and shot!

by THROBBE Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 7:58:45 am
Cool capture of these colourful birds

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 8:57:53 am
Great photo capture! Stunning colors!

by thecytron Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 9:34:48 am
These are wonderful.

by ladylake Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 11:25:11 am
adorable and wonderful capture

by Juliette.Gribnau Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 11:54:10 am
Very colorful shot of these fascinating birds. There is a lake about an hour or so from here where you can observe the bizarre annual mating dance of the grebes, but somehow we've never made it there. It's on my list of things to do...

by photosynthesis Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 3:19:57 pm
Nice work Michel and great write up

by danob Homepage »

Apr 12, 2012 3:59:59 pm
wonderful bird scene, very nice image

by ia-du-lin Homepage »

Apr 13, 2012 1:31:42 am
Excellent shot, Michel. Wonderful colors, light and thanks for the informations too.

by Hendesse Homepage »

Apr 13, 2012 4:34:10 am
awesome!!! they blend into the scene very well!

by angora Homepage »

Apr 13, 2012 9:01:02 am
Thank you for your comments;
my next upload :

"Comma * Robert-le-Diable"

by GiMi53 Homepage »

Apr 13, 2012 3:17:25 pm
So beautiful, with that gold spray of feathers and the red eyes! Excellent capture!

by MrsRatbag Homepage »

Apr 14, 2012 9:09:20 am
Cool capture of these colourful birds !

by mariogiannecchini Homepage »

Apr 15, 2012 2:16:03 pm
que se disent ils ?? :)

excellente capture

by bebert Homepage »


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