Posts tagged “Eared Grebe

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.