Grebe In Hand

One hundred years ago today, A.D. Henderson of Belvedere, Alberta, canoed Silvermore Lake with a friend.

While paddling around we noticed a [Red-necked] Grebe swimming along with a young one on her back…. On our approach the parent bird dived with the young one on her back and carried it several yards under water. The young bird came up first and seemed bewildered or lost. We paddled up to it and my friend answered its plaintive peeping, whereupon it swam up to the canoe and into his open hand. We admired the curiously colored little fellow a while and then turned him loose.

No doubt to the relief of parent and young alike.

Baird, Water Birds