Red-Necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)
The red-necked grebe requires a fairly long, clear patch of water to be able to take flight. Because becoming airborne is difficult, this species usually escapes predators by diving or swimming away.
The red-necked grebe breeds on Lake Superior, and through most of the southern prairies, British Columbia, Yukon, and Alaska. It winters on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, but occasionally on the Great Lakes.
Breeding occurs on freshwater. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section.