Friday, February 28, 2020

Pied-billed Grebes at Farmington Bay - I.

Last time I photographed Pied-billed grebes several months ago and was so glad to see these birds again.

I spent almost an hour just watching them and photographing.  Grebes were diving (they are the long divers) for food, preening, fighting and having a good time.

 A grebe emerges from its dive.

All wet. Soon will be time for preening.

Not a friendly encounter. They are in a territorial dispute.

Enjoying his rest. For a short while.

After a fight it's better to get to a safe territory quickly.

Some Pied-billed grebes are migratory and some are year around.  When lakes and ponds freeze solid the grebes will migrate short distances to find open water.

Pied-billed grebes have many nicknames as "Hell diver", "water witch",  "devil diver" and "dabchick". They can live at least four years. 


  1. Thanks for sharing the wild ... 😘

  2. Enjoy the water!
    It seems that the whole world is theirs only.
    An excellent time.

  3. Grebes resemble chickens in/to my eyes. They are fascinating to watch in the water, sometimes using their heads as periscopes while the rest of their bodies remain submerged.

    Your series of photographs is most excellent, Kaya ....

  4. Excepcionales los momentos que has captado con tu cámara, Kaya, curioso ver como se acicalan y como luchan por conseguir su territorio. Buenas fotografías.


  5. Buscando su alimento y además refrescarse , si las temperaturas son altas.

  6. fascinating behavior of Pied-billed grebes that are fighting and diving... nice story and excellent photos.

    Have a wonderful weekend

  7. Una serie muy buena con una primera fotografía muy simpática en la que llaman la atención esas gotitas de agua volando alrededor del somormujo.
    Un abrazo,