Dance like nobody's watching
September 24, 2017 12:15 AM   Subscribe

The hooded grebe is a bird found in isolated lakes in the most remote parts of Patagonia. Sadly, it's critically endangered, but certainly not for lack of an awesome courtship dance (SLYT with rare footage)
posted by Harald74 (17 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
More like "dance like everybody is watching and you like it!"
posted by donio at 2:03 AM on September 24 [2 favorites]


That's some serious dancing with the stars level shit right there.
posted by jacquilynne at 4:23 AM on September 24 [4 favorites]


Could never understand that whole "dance like nobody's watching" business. And the hooded grebe sure ain't getting with that shit, either. He's dancing like he knows someone is watching, and it's that special someone with whom he GOT TO GET IT ON.

Oh, and, so is she.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:16 AM on September 24 [6 favorites]


oheso.SO and I do this every morning.

She makes very strong coffee ...
posted by oheso at 5:18 AM on September 24 [2 favorites]


Grebe your freak on?
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:45 AM on September 24 [1 favorite]


The little Pied-billed Grebes in the US are sometimes called water witches because they can disappear and reappear under water without making a sound. Also, they are cute.
posted by Bee'sWing at 7:19 AM on September 24 [1 favorite]


Could never understand that whole "dance like nobody's watching" business.

It's a thing.

I don't fancy explaining.
posted by pompomtom at 8:19 AM on September 24 [2 favorites]


Thank you, because this got me watching lots and lots of bird-mating dances with soothing VO's from David Attenborough, and now I'm deeply disappointed in the human species because our deeply weird mating rituals do not include menturning into iridescent umbrellas and bouncing around, various little feathers waving.
posted by kalimac at 8:52 AM on September 24 [8 favorites]


Oh, kalimac, you need to hang out in more gay bars.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 8:54 AM on September 24 [7 favorites]


Oh, kalimac, you need to hang out in more gay bars.

I promise you, even as I typed those words, this occurred to me....
posted by kalimac at 8:58 AM on September 24 [3 favorites]


Fixed the inexplicable audio mistake.
posted by minedev at 9:19 AM on September 24 [1 favorite]


Like five percent mad you beat me to posting this, like ninety five percent YES GREBES WORRRRK
posted by en forme de poire at 9:54 AM on September 24 [2 favorites]


Thank you, because this got me watching lots and lots of bird-mating dances with soothing VO's from David Attenborough, and now I'm deeply disappointed in the human species because our deeply weird mating rituals do not include menturning into iridescent umbrellas and bouncing around, various little feathers waving.

Try searching for soul train on youtube.
posted by srboisvert at 12:09 PM on September 24 [4 favorites]


I had a boyfriend who did that. Didn't last.
posted by Toddles at 4:39 PM on September 24


Apparently there is a whole documentary (nice 1080p video) from which this is excerpted, and Youtube kindly highlighted it at the right. I don't think there's much more grebe dancing, though.
posted by sylvanshine at 7:34 PM on September 24


And that, kids, is what consent looks like.
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:52 PM on September 24 [1 favorite]


I don't fancy explaining.

Hey, you won't see me grebe over that.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:00 AM on September 25


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