Eared Grebes at Frank Lake

Eared Grebe - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Eared Grebes are a very cool bird.  They look fantastic (especially the red eyes), are great divers and really show their personalities.  I watched a group of eight that swam alone and in pairs on the marsh.

It takes two - 2013 © Christopher Martin

There were a couple of characters who squawked or bickered a little but mostly they all meandered around grabbing insects off the water, diving for things under it and paddling around.

Squawk box - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Diving down - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Dive reflection - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Patterns in the water - 2013 © Christopher Martin

A stare down - 2013 © Christopher Martin

I was watching these birds from the Ducks Unlimited blind on Frank Lake.  They swam within a few yards many times and gave me a wonderful opportunity to observe them in good detail for over three hours.

Over the shoulder - 2013 © Christopher Martin

It was a beautiful afternoon on the water and along with the Eared Grebes, I watched Western Grebes, Black-crowned Night Herons, White-faced Ibis, American Avocets, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Ruddy Ducks and Canada Geese.  It was a great afternoon on a beautiful Prairie lake.

8 responses

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  3. Great light and reflections-the colors really pop!

    May 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  4. beautiful pictures indeed!!!

    May 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  5. Beautiful pictures – brings them to life – magical!

    May 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

  6. great captures,they have personalities alright!

    May 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm

  7. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Beautiful birds and some lovely reflections captured in your images.

    May 22, 2013 at 2:51 am

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