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2013.07.23 22:04:35
Great Grebe (Podiceps major), Lake District, Chile

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Emerging from the shroud of mist in the first rays of light at dawn, a pair of Great Grebe, Podiceps major, cruise the calm waters of a river in Chiloé Island in Chile's Lake District. Largest of South American grebes, this accomplished diver feeds on fish and other aquatic prey it captures by pursuing them underwater, driven by its specially adapted feet which are located to the very rear of the body, a perfect position to act as propellers but virtually useless to walk in land, a trait it shares with the rest of the members of their primitive family.

 

Emergiendo del velo de bruma en la primera luz del alba, un par de Hualas, Podiceps major, recorre las calmas aguas de un río en la isla de Chiloé, en la región de Los Lagos en Chile. El mayor de los zambullidores sudamericanos, este maestro del buceo se alimenta de peces y otras presas acuáticas que captura persiguiendo bajo el agua, impulsado por sus patas especialmente adaptadas y localizadas muy atrás en el cuerpo, una posición perfecta para actuar como propulsores pero virtualmente inútil para caminar en tierra, rasgo que comparte con el resto de los miembros de su primitiva familia.

 

Rodrigo Tapia J. - Ornithologist / Tour Leader, Far South Expeditions

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