CWC Releases
Red-Necked Grebe and Ruddy Duck
Feb. 16, 2014

On the previous Monday of this week, I had the opportunity to photograph the release of a red-necked grebe and a ruddy duck by Robin Graboski, the director of Centre Wildlife Care (CWC), the animal rehabbing facility of central Pennsylvania.

The release took place at the duck pond, almost in the center of State College. To watch Robyn, the temptation is to think that this looks easy. Robyn has a knack for making anything difficult seem easy, as she lifted the red-necked grebe from a carrier.

Robyn Graboski holding red-necked grebe

Did you notice, in the above photo, that a grebe has flattened toes, rather than webbed feet? They swim well but cannot walk on land.

The next candidate for release was a little ruddy duck, who had a lot to say.

Robyn Graboski holding ruddy duck

But as in the case of the grebe, both waterfowl swam away, happy to be back in a pond.

Did I write "happy"? Sure I did. Look at the red-necked grebe giving Robyn a fare-thee-well salute once safely in the water.

Red-necked grebe giving us a happy wingflap

At the FB Centre Wildlife Care page (which is a public page and open to everyone), I have a photo album of Robyn releasing the waterfowl and another album of the released grebe and duck swimming in the pond.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens for these photos, taken on 10 February 2014.

Note: Earlier in 2018, I photographed for CWC the release of Ronny, a three-year-old bald eagle, back into the wild.

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