Summer is here, and that means that it's time for another Birdorable Bonanza! Our first Bonanza was in 2009, when we introduced 17 new birds, leading up to #200, the Dodo. In 2010 we added 18 birds, finishing with the Secretary Bird. In 2011 we added 19 birds and finished with Birdorable #350, the Carolina Parakeet. And last year we revealed 22 new species, ending with our 400th Birdorable, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl. That brings us to this year. For 2013, we're going big - REALLY BIG - and adding a new bird every day in July until we reveal our 500th species on July 31st! Whew, that's a lot of birds! Tomorrow kicks off with our first bird, a large, distinctive species found in sub-Saharan Africa. Can you guess what it will be?
If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr Creative Commons) of the Great Crested Grebe. Great Crested Grebe nesting activity follows an elaborate courtship ritual of displays. Chicks are semi-precocial at hatching, meaning they are able to leave the nest within the first day. The parent birds carry the chicks on their backs as they grow and learn how to dive for food themselves.
Futen in een meerkoet-nest by Jeroen Kransen
Great Crested Grebe Nest 14.05.10 by nottsexminer
Great Crested Grebe by hans s
Great Crested Grebe parents & chicks on Greenland Dock by drplokta
Grebe with chicks on Canada Water by drplokta
Piggyback by jurvetson
Great Crested Grebe chick on Canada Water by drplokta
Grebes Mother and Chick by ahisgett
Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Great Crested Grebe t-shirts and gifts!