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Junin grebe (Podiceps taczanowskii) Chinchaycocha / Junin Lake, Peru. Jan 16, 2020 Geotagged,Junin grebe,Peru,Podiceps taczanowskii,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Junin grebe (Podiceps taczanowskii)

Chinchaycocha / Junin Lake, Peru. Jan 16, 2020

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  1. This is the other bird species entirely restricted to Lake Junin (Chinchaycocha in Quechua). Like the Junin rail, it is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.
    It used to be reasonably numerous, but it has decreased severely in the past decades, between pollution, hydroelectric projects affecting water levels, and introduced trout eating chicks. Today, the total population is around 300 birds.
    There are two other grebe species on the lake, but unlike them, the Junin grebe is flightless, and has nowhere else to go. Three other species of flightless grebes have already gone extinct in the last century (in Madagascar, Guatemala, and Colombia). The remaining 2 are both severely endangered and found in Peru (the other one is the Titicaca grebe). Their fate is entirely in our hands...
    Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
    1. So fascinating and devastating, Thibaud. I hope this species doesn't have a similar fate to the other flightless grebes <3. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Posted one month ago
      1. Thanks Christine. I hope so too. Posted one month ago
  2. Thank you so much, Thibaud, for doing this super rare bird justice. Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy!
      Gotta love grebes, they're so interesting. It was the first group of birds for which mutual mate choice was demonstrated!
      Posted one month ago
      1. Aren't these the birds that do this weird courtship neck dance? Posted one month ago
        1. Yes! Though you're probably thinking specifically of the larger Aechmophorus grebes. Posted one month ago
  3. So beautiful! And so sad, so many species have gone extinct! Posted 2 months ago
    1. I know, hopefully they'll manage to save this one. Posted one month ago
  4. Nice, I didn't know about this lake or the birds Posted one month ago
    1. It is a beauty, and surprisingly little known, even in Peru! Posted one month ago
      1. I'll have to remember this for better times Thibaud Posted one month ago
        1. And once you're up there, I strongly recommend you head east to the Selva Central, the region where I am now. From a base in Oxapampa or VillaRica, you have access in a few hours to protected areas spanning 400 to 3000+ masl, and all the associated biodiversity! Posted one month ago
          1. Thanks - we're definitely wanting to get to Peru - our younger son just got back from 3 mths with his girlfriend at the beginning of February, he spent Christmas and New Year there & loved it - but I'm putting your recommendations on our list. {;¬) So are you stuck there Thibaud or there for a while?? Posted one month ago
            1. Well I was planning on being in Peru until June and South America until the end of year. But I can't do anything but work from my computer until the quarantine ends, and who knows when that will be. I'm only minutes away from quetzals and toucanets, but my odds of seeing them these days are nearly the same as if I were back in France! Posted one month ago
              1. How frustrating Thibaud, but you've got to be safe!! Keep safe & then I wish you many quetzals, toucanets, trogons and many more..;-) Posted one month ago
                1. Thanks! And hope all is well in your neck of the woods! Posted one month ago
                  1. cheers - thanks at the moment Posted one month ago
  5. What a beauty Thibaud. Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks Paul! Posted one month ago

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The Junín grebe, also known as Junin flightless grebe or puna grebe, is a grebe found only on Lake Junin in the highlands of Junín, west-central Peru. The grebe generally breeds in bays and channels around the edge of the Lake, within 8–75 m of reed beds, entering the reeds only for nesting or roosting.

Similar species: Grebes
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Mar 27, 2020. Captured Jan 16, 2020 09:28 in Peru.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/10.0
  • 1/800s
  • ISO640
  • 560mm