One of the joys of living in the Klamath Basin is being able to watch the amazing courtship dance of the Western and Clark's grebes. I never tire of this beautiful ritual.
The male and the female swim toward one another and then stop and start their head bobbing, laying parallel with the water. They flick the water with their bills. Then, all of a sudden, they are up on their feet running across the water. It's a thrill for me every time I see it.
Then several weeks later the grebes can be seen with little chicks on their backs. One parent typically tends to the chicks while the other parent goes fishing to feed it's little ones. We have seen one pair with as many as 4 chicks but mostly they seem to have 2.
As the chicks grow, they continue to follow at least one parent, peeping incessantly. Sometimes it looks like the parent dives just to get away from the constant noise. But eventually, the parent surfaces often with a fish in their bills.