Western Grebe about to submerge

Western Grebe about to submergeWestern Grebe about to submerge – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I often try to capture the eye of a bird diving into the water at the moment just before the eye submerges below the surface. I was able to succeed with the Western Grebe.

It might seem simple enough to capture that precise moment but it really isn’t. I can’t tell you how many times I have failed. I do get lots of practice with Western and Clark’s Grebes at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in northern Utah though which is where this image was taken. The light wasn’t the best but I can try again.


* I don’t know where I will be when this post is published but I bet I am having a great time! Feel free to share this post.

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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. Nice shot! Some of the best Grebe photos I’ve ever taken were at Bear River Refuge. (Still not as good as yours though.lol).

  2. Going, going, gone…
    Wonderful capture – and I hope you are having an amazing time.

  3. How long will you be gone?

  4. Jane Chesebrough


  5. Well, you tried, and you have won, fantastic photo.

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