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The Mating Dance of the Hooded Grebe was Filmed for the First Time and Its Poetry in Motion

On the distant glacial lagoons of Patagonia, the seriously endangered Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) plays a mesmerizing mating dance that has been caught on film for the very first time.

The species was only discovered by humans 43 years ago, but have come to be seriously endangered ever because several American Minks (Neovison vison)–who had been introduced to Patagonia for industrial fur creation in the 30s–stopped and wreak havoc on the ill-prepared birds.

The footage has been filmed for the documentary, Tango in the Wind. You can read more about the bird and conservation project here.

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