No Chemistry

Clark’s Grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii)

These big grebes are famous for their courtship displays that begin with synchronized neck dipping and may progress to the “weed ceremony” and “walking on water” (Check out “Weed Ceremony” May 5 2022 and “Walking on Water,” May 19 2022.) But very often, the chemistry just isn’t there. Two or three of the birds start with a neck dip or two, and things seem to be happening, but before very long one of them peels off or turns its back or just can’t seem to get its neck back up right away, and the magic is over. The video collects a half dozen of these episodes. These scenes involved a small minority of the more than about 100 Clark’s Grebes on the North Basin water. Most of them snoozed through the whole thing. Probably a good thing. If they all started doing courtship dances at the same time the scene would be insane.

Clark’s Grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii)

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  • June 2, 2022 at 10:01 pm
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    have you ever read a plausible explanation for this unusual behavior?

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