Eared Grebe, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

You Always Have 3 Choices

3 Choices

Eared Grebe, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in post 3 choices

Eared Grebe

You always have 3 choices.

For example, what would you do if you were this Eared Grebe?

Here, the bird is watching a huge wave crashing toward it.

This bird has 3 choices.

1) It can fly away.

But flying away uses valuable energy. And if this Eared Grebe flew away from every wave, it would wear itself out flying away from waves.

2) It can ignore the wave.

But ignoring a crashing wave could be painful. Imagine having a 6-ft (2-m) high wall of water fall on you. Ouch.

3) It can dive into the wave.

But that requires courage. Now the bird has to plunge into the unknown, trusting that it will survive.

So what does the Eared Grebe do?

It dives into the wave.

Actually, this is the best choice. It requires the least effort, causes the least pain, and involves the least risk.

Note: This photo of an Eared Grebe was taken on the Pacific Coast in Montaña de Oro State Park.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

See more posts at:

Ordinary Courage

What Is Enough?

Stopping to Be Happy

Birding Resources

Here are two excellent books about birds. I recommend both of them.

101 Ways to Help Birds, by Laura Erickson

The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation, by Daniel J. Lebbin, etal.

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Please visit the web site for The Trust for Public Land to learn about what they’re doing.

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1 Comment
  • Bob Crum
    Posted at 16:36h, 15 October

    Interesting image!
    I’ve got many a fine photo shot at Montaña deOro State Park but not a one of an eared grebe. Perhaps the sharks ate them all the days I visited the park. C’est la vie.


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