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"
Apr 12, 2012 11:54:10 amby photosynthesis Online Now! Homepage »
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...