Pied-billed Grebe and still water

Typically by this time of the year the water at Farmington Bay WMA is frozen over but this year it wasn’t when I photographed this Pied-billed Grebe 4 days ago.

Pied-billed Grebe and still waterPied-billed Grebe and still water – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

As much as I adore wild, swirly reflections as shown in this Pied-billed Grebe image has I also enjoy the reflections of calm, still water because they show more details, less shape distortion and have a mirror-like quality.

There are still quite a few Pied-billed Grebes at Farmington Bay WMA but the Clark’s and Western Grebes have gone. I still see a few Eared Grebes at Farmington Bay and along the causeway to Antelope Island. The pied-billed Grebes will stick around as long as there is open water which may be all winter long here given how odd our weather has been.

Life is good.

Mia

5 Comments

  1. Jolanta December 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    This photo is awesome! Sweet little baby <3

  2. CJ Oakley December 22, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Great shot Mia – I love these grebes – I’ll never forget the first time I ever saw one – one of life’s many amazing moments 🙂

  3. Linda December 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Very beautiful.

  4. Elephant's Child December 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Just beautiful. Megathanks.

  5. Liz Cormack December 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I just love this little guys. They are so cute. Great photo as always.

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