Pied-billed Grebe ~ This Bird is a Tease

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

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

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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  1. Syl Lobato July 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks Syl, I am always learning something new about nature.

  2. Laurence Butler July 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    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!

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Tis my pleasure Laurence, evne though it might be a pointless pursuot I think we’ll still keep hoping to see a grebe in flight! Thank you.

  3. Bob Zeller July 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      I thank you for your comment Bob!

  4. Carol Mattingly July 19, 2012 at 7:29 am

    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

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      I’ll keep my toes crossed that I see a Grebe fly carol but not my fingers because I need them to photograph birds! Thanks for your comment.

  5. M. Firpi July 19, 2012 at 6:48 am

    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. Scott July 19, 2012 at 6:15 am

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

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Scott, I think we’ll be waiting a long, long time to see these Grebes fly!

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