Clark’s Grebe and its prey

A Clark's Grebe and its preyA Clark’s Grebe and its prey – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Earlier this year I photographed this Clark’s Grebe and its prey at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in northern Utah. This Clark’s Grebe was on the south side of the auto tour loop of the refuge swimming along in the water. I like the pattern of the reflections on the water in this image.

The Clark’s Grebes have migrated and I won’t be seeing them again until spring but I am still seeing Pied-billed and Eared Grebes in the area and will until the water ices completely over.

I am hoping to get out and photograph today… if the clouds will clear.

Life is good.





  1. Utahbooklover December 11, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    A beautiful image and a somewhat sunny day. One more comment on El Niño: the Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in 30 years due to an El Niño weather pattern, says the UN, resulting in 8 million people in need of food aid. Makes me wonder about the animals that will suffer too, domestic and wild.

  2. Elephant's Child December 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Love the irridescence on the fish, and the water patterns. Is the grebe so low in the water because it is just coming up?

  3. Sarah Mayhew December 11, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Very nice! I rarely see them come up with anything. Makes me wonder if they swallow their prey underwater much of the time.

  4. Patty Chadwick December 11, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I love the contrasting colors of these birds…amazing how beautiful, elegant and doofy they can look at the same time. I especially like the colors and patterns in the water in this shot…..

  5. Cindy December 11, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Looks like it’s clearing up north so get on out there, Mia! 🙂 How connected he is to his reflection and the blue fish is just the icing on the cake. He probably thought so too. Beautiful as always.

  6. Mary Lou Hall December 11, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I just got a good photo of the Pied -billed Grebe at Lake Havasu, AZ. Love your photography of the birds. Keep them coming.

  7. steven kessel December 11, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for posting this one. Down here in southern Arizona we get a few wintering Western Grebes. I’ve never seen a Clark’s down here and I’ve wondered about the differences in appearance. They’re quite evident, as it turns out.

  8. Bob Mcpherson December 11, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia.

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