Species Highlights … Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe ... We did have one Grebe that Summered with us but in the last two weeks their numbers have gone up to a half dozen or so.

Pied-billed Grebe …

The Pied-billed Grebe is a species we see regularly in South Florida and is also one of the more photogenic birds we have.  They are a migrant species but we always have a few who stick around all Summer long.

Grebe Baby

Grebe Baby … This was one of a couple of babies born at Green Cay a couple of years ago.

We haven’t had a lot of babies being born here but the Grebes do court quite a bit.  Their courtship calls are quite distinctive and we often see them paired up.

Happy couple!

Happy couple!

I have been very lucky over the years to get many nice shots of these guys often with wonderful reflections.

Great light makes for great images!

Great light makes for great images!

One great thing about the Grebes are that they are very predictable.  When they are through taking a bath they preen pretty much the same way every time and it allows for some very cool action shots.

Pied-billed Grebe ... spin cycle!

Pied-billed Grebe … spin cycle!

Pied Billed Grebe ... Trying to get every last drop out!

Pied Billed Grebe … Trying to get every last drop out!

Air drying the pits!

Air drying the pits!

Sometime when the early migrants show up the Grebes will still have their breeding plumage.  They are quite different looking with their Black throats and bold eye ring.

Pied-billed Grebe ... Looking sharp in his breeding plumage!

Pied-billed Grebe … Looking sharp in his breeding plumage!

The Pied-billed Grebe is one of my favorite species.  They are such cute little guys and like I said are so easy to photograph.  I hope you enjoyed these shots of them and I hope to do a few more species highlights in the future.

These accounts are not meant to be anything more than just a group of pretty pictures and not I’m not planning to get into a bunch of field guide type stuff as there is plenty of that on the net already.

Hope you enjoyed and God Bless!



About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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2 Responses to Species Highlights … Pied-billed Grebe

  1. Love these adorable birds – I especially like your photo of the pair. Just saw a very frisky Pie-billed Grebe couple skimming and chasing one another off Sanibel Island yesterday.

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