Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pied-billed Grebes

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) family in early August

I always feel privileged to find and photograph these grebes as they are quite shy and dive under water  when disturbed. This was the only decent photo I got. As soon as they saw me, they headed off, first sinking very low in the water so I could barely see them. Before they saw me they had been diving for small fish, insects and crustaceans. (I could just barely see them trough some shoreside shrubbery.)
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE


40 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindo todos em família, uma bela foto.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

Margaret Adamson said...

What a wonderful capture and they haave done well toraise so many young.

Anvilcloud said...

Mama does looked peeved with you. Good catch.

✿ chica said...

Família linda! Bela foto! bjs, chica

Revrunner said...

A skittish lot, it sounds like, much like the turtles on our C&O Canal.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Momma was definitely keeping an eye on you! Beautifully captured. =)

NC Sue said...

I've never seen these - interesting birds!
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Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

such funny looking critters ;O]

Sandra said...

you find The Most Amazing birds that I have never seen. these are simply beautiful

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the grebes are so cute and I love the little ones. They are adorable, their markings are so cool. Great shot. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You always manage to get a good shot EG! Love to see what birds are going to appear when I visit here.

A Garden of Threads said...

What a find, the babies have very colour heads.

Susan said...

Wow, and look at all those babies! So cool!

Rose said...

Wonderful photo, EG. I don't know if I have ever saw them or not. I don't think I have, but there is one of the diving birds I see at the strip pits but too far away to identify.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, you do indeed find and take the best shots, EG!! How beautiful these are!! Very different ducks for me, but you always find the good ones!! Hope you have a great day!!

William Kendall said...

Mama does seem to be keeping a close watch on you!

Karen S. said...

I can hear that mama now, ready children for some instructions on life?!

RedPat said...

I love the wee ones, EG! I've never seen these guys before.

visualnorway said...

These were a new species to me (or I no too little of ornithology). Very nice shot.

Karen said...

What a great find!

VP said...

A lovely family!

Debbie said...

such a sweet family!!!!

Traveling Rockhopper said...

They're super cute!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Those little guys are so cute.

TexWisGirl said...

just awesome, tina!! i've only seen one or two of the adults in winter here and it's been several years since they've stopped by (too many whistlers, now, i think). and you get to see youngsters!!!

Shammickite said...

This is a lovely family, I love the markings on the babes.

genie said...

Your patience paid off. What a pretty shot. The coloration on the necks is beautiful.

Buttons Thoughts said...

I had never seen the young ones...COOL thank you. Hug B

Amy at love made my home said...

What beautiful birds they are! xx

Jenny said...

I love their markings - like they have some fancy socks on their heads!
Great photos of birds I have never seen.

Michelle said...

a sweet family :)

Lorna said...

I've never seen a grebe, and feel quite happy to have seen a photo of something so difficult to capture pictures of.

Beth from VA, . . ."E" said...

neat coloring. ( :

Stephanie said...

It is a wonderful capture!

Halcyon said...

A cute family portrait!

David Gascoigne said...

Great shot. Is anything quite as cute as a baby grebe?

Jeevan said...

They are beautiful and unique with their patterns! Glad they decided to give chance for you to shoot :)

Lovely photo

Lowell said...

It doth appear to me that mama Grebe has her eye on you as your poke your camera through the shrubs.

Lowell said...

Oops! In re your question about the speakers...The Villages radio station plays their program though these speakers. Some of that consists of right-wing radio such as Rush Limbaugh. It is very much like "The Truman Show," a movie you've probably seen.

CountryMum said...

oh wow this is an amazing sight... and photo!

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