Sunday, April 22, 2012

Horned Grebe

The horned grebe is another migrant species that passes through my area.

Horned grebes spend much of their time feeding near the shoreline however I am most successful photographing them from the boat.

Horned grebe's dive frequently while actively feeding.  Diving is also a preferred tactic to evade danger.  Underwater, the grebe's can travel considerable distances swiftly.

While they are strong fliers it they patter across the surface upon takeoff building momentum much like an airplane gains speed on a runway.


Ruth Hiebert said...

I love these action shots.

Lois Evensen said...

Fascinating. Those red eyes are something else.

Montanagirl said...

Great shots! Love that take-off.

Elaine said...

Nice! The red eyes are a little spooky.

Unknown said...

Those red eyes sure are bright!