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Created 31-May-12
Modified 31-May-12
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This sequence was taken at Ocean Shores, Washington March 12, 2012. It is rare for a Western Grebe to walk. I suspect this will be only time I'll ever see that happen.
In March of 2017, Mick Thompson recorded the same phenomenon at the same beach. For a video of a Western Grebe walking, click here.

See David Sibley's comments on these photos:

I was taking photos of the surf when I noticed a bird on the beach quite some ways from me with a couple people watching it. I walked toward the people and bird and spotted the grebe. A lady that was watching came over to me and told me she thought the bird was hurt and it tried to stand, but just fell over. I was busy explaining to her that grebes could not walk and why, when the grebe stood up and started to walk. I started to photograph!

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have witnessed this and to have the correct lens on my camera at the time.

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Standing and surveying the beachOh my, it's such a long way to go.Better get walking toward the surf!After plopping downSlowly walking.Walking toward the surf.Resting after walking and another plop down.Resting after walking.Getting more relaxed.I'm going to wait for it to come to me!

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Tom Gehling(non-registered)
This is a wonderful sequence. I found your site because I was looking for pictures of grebes walking. I photographed a Clark's grebe walking on a beach in Berkeley, Ca just two days ago. I wish my photos were anywhere as nice as these, but I feel luck just to have been there to see it, much less get any photos.
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