Jeff Wendorff's photography portfolio of Grebes in the family, Podicipedidae.

Grebes Wiki
Grebes are a widely distributed order of freshwater diving birds, some of which visit the sea when migrating and in winter. This order contains only a single family, the Podicipedidae, containing 22 species in 6 extant genera.

Grebes are small to medium-large in size, have lobed toes, and are excellent swimmers and divers. Although they can run for a short distance, they are prone to falling over, since they have their feet placed far back on the body.

Grebes have unusual plumage. It is dense and waterproof, and on the underside the feathers are at right-angles to the skin, sticking straight out, to begin with, and curling at the tip. By pressing their feathers against the body, grebes can adjust their buoyancy. Often, they swim low in the water with just the head and neck exposed.

In the non-breeding season, grebes are plain-coloured in dark browns and whites. However, most have ornate breeding plumages, often developing chestnut markings on the head area, and perform elaborate display rituals.

Grebes have unusual plumage. It is dense and waterproof, and on the underside the feathers are at right-angles to the skin, sticking straight out, to begin with, and curling at the tip. By pressing their feathers against the body, grebes can adjust their buoyancy. Often, they swim low in the water with just the head and neck exposed.

Grebes Photographed
Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis
Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus
Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis
Pied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podiceps


Collective Noun Grebes
The collective noun for a group of Grebes is a water dance. It's efficient, but kind of a mouthful. Why not just use ballet as the collective noun?

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Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollisEared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis. Also Black-necked GrebeEared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis. Also Black-necked GrebeGreat Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatusGreat Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatusLittle Grebe in South AfrcaLittle Gebe (Breeding Plumage) in BotswanaStrecthing Little GrebePied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podicepsPied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podicepsPied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podicepsPied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podicepsPied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podicepsPied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podicepsWestern Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis