Western Grebe portraitWestern Grebe portrait – Nikon D810, f9, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

A few days ago a Western Grebe popped up from under the water very close to me and I was able to take a quick series of portraits of it before it moved away. I like this Western Grebe portrait because of the detail it shows and because portraits lend a sense of intimacy that can some times be lacking in other images. That cherry red eye sure stands out!

This grebe is not in full breeding plumage, it is going into nonbreeding plumage.

This image was taken from the auto tour route at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Life is good.



  1. Devin Griffiths August 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I love this portrait, Mia. The feather detail is just wonderful, and the eye almost doesn’t seem real.

  2. Elephant's Child August 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Your portraits are always a delight. Thank you.

  3. Bob Mcpherson August 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Great shot Mia. Makes me feel like I was there!!

  4. Patty Chadwick August 16, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Beautiful colors…black, white, yellow bright red. That eye is so arresting!!!

  5. Liz Cormack August 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

    What a beautiful portrait. Thank you.

  6. Ian Holland August 16, 2015 at 7:14 am

    With that eye, it looks like it must have been quite a party! :-}

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