Pied-billed Grebe Shaking it Off

Pied-billed Grebe shaking it offPied-billed Grebe shaking it off – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

After the past few weeks of the headaches and problems that I have had to deal with about 18 hours each day I can now safely feel like this Pied-billed Grebe and shake those things off. Things still aren’t perfect but they are under control and the biggest issues have been dealt with.

I guess I shouldn’t whine much about the crap I have been through recently because there are people who have had to deal with far worse but I am glad that things are settling back down to a normal level for me. Whining doesn’t do much good any way. And tonight I know I will get more than 4 hours of sleep.

I was able to go out and photograph yesterday morning at Farmington Bay Bird Refuge and relax while breathing in fresh air, feeling the crisp temperatures, taking in the gorgeous fall views and seeing plenty of birds all around me. I needed that.

I’m looking forward now to the birds I see in the winter, the Harlan’s Hawks have already made an appearance and I have been seeing a beautiful Harlan’s at Farmington Bay. I am still waiting for my first of the season Rough-legged Hawk and for the Bald Eagles to return to the Salt Lake Valley.

I’m seeing more and more Pied-billed Grebes and that excites me because these little guys might be small but they are tough. They kind of remind me of myself.

Life is good.



  1. Stewart Monckton October 30, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Thats a nice picture – that stance when they stand in the water and shake is very characteristic of many small grebes.
    Feel free to link this post up to Wild Bird Wednesday (along with about 50 other bird bloggers) on my photo-blog.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  2. Elephant's Child October 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Love this feisty charmer.

  3. Jolanta October 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Love this picture! Thank you 🙂

  4. Utahbooklover October 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Four hours of sleep just isn’t enough (reminds me of my night-shift days at the hospital). Nice image and metaphor for a fresh start, Mia. Your mention of Harlan’s Hawks led me to read more about Red-tail Hawk variations. This PDF from 2010 is excellent, for those who missed it.

  5. Wally October 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Also one of my favorite species. They simply ooze “attitude”!

    Superb image, Mia!

    Yes, life IS good. Take care.

  6. Stu October 29, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Great Images Mia and great to hear things are turning upward! I may refrain from referring to you as a Grebe though 😉 .

  7. judy October 29, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Glad to see you back. Missed ya.

  8. Lois Bryan October 29, 2014 at 7:02 am

    He’s a cutie … and I love your “shaking it off” philosophy!!!

    • Mia McPherson October 29, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Thanks Lois.

      Shaking it off feels marvelous.

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