Pied-billed Grebe ~ This Bird is a Tease

This Pied-billed Grebe; photographed at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in northern Utah, is a tease. Really, it is.

Pied-billed Grebe Wing Lift Pied-billed Grebe Wing Lift – Nikon D200, f8, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Look at those raised wings, how long they look compared to the stout body of the Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), how strong they appear. How those wings make me wonder what this grebe would look like in flight.

Why is this bird a tease?

Because Pied-billed Grebes only ever fly at night. I’ll never see one in flight during migration. Or photograph as it wings it way south.

I’ll just have to imagine what Pied-billed Grebes look like in flight.

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Excellent shot..I learned something new about the grebe..I had no clue about their migration and flight only at night..nature is amazing.

  2. Oh nuts. Now I feel like the Grebe is teasing me too. Thanks for pointing out how pointless the pursuit of seeing Grebes in flight is Mia : /

    P.S Awesome photo!

  3. You made me realize that I have never seen a Pied-billed in flight either. I had never much thought about. Great photo, by the way.

  4. I think it’s amazing the oddities of nature. Perhaps some day you’ll be out late and see him take flight. You never know. Carol

  5. This pose is a tease. My observed least Grebe also started doing this, but of course, it’s a lot smaller than the Pied-billed. It started trying to flap its wings, but then I heard the flying occurs at night. It’s been weeks since I’ve seen it by itself, so maybe it’s about time it joins another Least Grebe.

  6. Lovely shot! I’m still waiting to see one fly…

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