Pied-billed grebe

Posted: September 29, 2020 in birds
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At the Preserve, I’m both a photo and bird novice, drifting along among the die-hard birders with elephant-trunk-length lenses, camp stools attached to some of their persons, and an encyclopedic knowledge of what bird they’re seeing. The other day I came upon a group raptly gazing into the brush, looking at something I couldn’t even find. Reminded me of Yellowstone, where a group of stopped vehicles either means an accident or an animal sighting. Anyhoo…

During a recent visit, I took a few minutes to sit on a bench overlooking one of the smaller ponds and spotted what I thought might be a type of cormorant, as it was a prodigious diver. When I perused the internet, I found that it was in fact a pied-billed grebe. (If you’re trying to identify a bird, I highly recommend The Cornell Lab’s All About Birds site. I’ve had more luck with identifying birds there than wildflowers on most wildflower sites.) So without further ado, I offer you three various shots (two are edits) of the pied-billed grebe.

The original with all the lovely ripples and colors…

An edit with just the circular ripples…

A close-up of the grebe with only the most immediate ripples…

He’s kind of cute, isn’t he? Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week’s off to a great start.

  1. macmsue says:

    I think Grebes are very cute. The ones I’ve seen around here (South Australia) have quite fluffy little butts.

  2. I like birds and love seeing colorful ones, but Cornell would be for me. πŸ™‚

    • I think at the Preserve it’s hard not to be at least a little interested in birds as they’re the chief draw (besides water, shade, and coolness.) I enjoyed watching and photographing birds in Illinois as well, though.

  3. peggyjoan42 says:

    I like your editing – I often do that with photos. I generally look up the birds I photograph, but if I cannot find their name I don’t worry too much about it. I do see people with tri-pods and huge lenses they attach to their cameras, but I am not interested in that sort of thing. Just want to get the best photo I can with my simple camera with its zoom lens. Great photos my friend.

    • My husband is just itching to get me one of those gigantic lenses but for now I’m doing find with the normal telephoto I have. Lots more I need to learn about my camera before I worry about a professional lens.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Great photos. I love seeing the with the ripples and reflections.

  5. Ally Bean says:

    Look at the dark blue feathers on this guy! Great photo.

  6. I have never seen one of these before!

  7. Ingrid says:

    I think Grebe’s are super cute. Is this the preserve in Gilbert? If so, it’s a spot I’ve wanted to visit, but we live on the far northside of the valley (Anthem) and thus a lengthy drive to get to, but worthwhile if there are an abundance of birds.

  8. I like all of the angles, but it’s nice to see his close-up little face. Otherwise, I would have said the same as you, from a distance it looked like a cormorant. I like the Cornell site, too. I rarely actually get to see the birds I’m hearing, but at least there’s audio to hear the calls. Great photos πŸ˜€

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Prettier than our native grebe, which is brown

  10. de Wets Wild says:

    I’m willing to bet this will be easily the cutest thing I see all day – thanks, Janet!

  11. Resa says:

    He’s amazing cute!!!
    Nice shots Janet!

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