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Western Grebe

By billma
Another challenging bird to photograph. As you maneuver to get close enough to photograph, they will dive underwater only to come up 20 meters away. Life-long bird watchers will usually never see one in flight as they apparently only fly at night and their wings become atrophied during mating season, making flight impossible. Most famous for their mating dance in which they come entirely out of the water and do a jig on top of the water. They carry their young on their back. Hoping to get a photo of that this spring yet.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: user_absconded, Terry L, american girl and 8 more

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gajj 17 32
11 May 2004 12:50PM
Really nice Bill. I like the way this is presented and the reflection (including the red eye!) is great. 459.
magda_indigo 17 418 England
11 May 2004 12:53PM
That eye is amazing. THanx for the story, interesting, click (*:*)
sferguk 17
11 May 2004 1:19PM
This is a great looking bird and you did well to get this shot. Where did you see this bird, I would like to tick this one off my list of birds to see.
u08mcb 17 5.8k
11 May 2004 1:22PM
Amazing. I love divers and grebes, this bird looks incredible.
snapdragon 17 8
11 May 2004 1:23PM
An excellent wildlife photo. The eye is amazing. I assume this is an American species (from your spelling of manoeuvre!)
Terry L 17 609 5 England
11 May 2004 2:07PM
Wonderful shot Bill, just love that eye and the reflection, outstanding work as always.

jot 17 2
11 May 2004 2:31PM
Stunning shot -I'm so envious!
11 May 2004 3:52PM
Wonderful shot, click
billma 17 119 United States
11 May 2004 7:18PM
Thanks for the nice feedback.

This shot and many of the others here are taken at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Northern Utah as well as other local waterfowl refuges. I am trying, whenever possible, to get the wildlife photos in the wild. I like the challenge presented as well as just being out there and experiencing nature.

tm 17 18
11 May 2004 8:22PM
Excellent. I would love to take a shot like this.
11 May 2004 11:40PM
Great photo.I love all the good info about the bird, makes it even more beautiful.

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