Pied-billed Grebe with a large fish

Pied-billed Grebe with a large fishPied-billed Grebe with a large fish – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Pied-billed Grebes are interesting to observe and photograph because of their behaviors, especially when they interact with each other. Their interactions become a touch more heated when there is food involved. They are saucy little grebes.

Two days ago I was photographing American Coots, ducks and Pied-billed Grebes at Farmington Bay WMA, the grebes were busy catching fish while the coots seemed a bit more focused on underwater vegetation. When a few of the grebes caught sight of this Pied-billed Grebe with a large fish they started to chase it over the water. Water was flying everywhere! I was able to create a series of images of this grebe being chased that I like because of the action and how the large fish is dangling from the bill of the grebe.

Life is good.



  1. Jane Chesebrough December 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Ha! Now I see how they can slowly submerge themselves under the surface of the water.

  2. Elephant's Child December 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I hope the hunter finally got to enjoy its meal. Its very big meal.

  3. Sarah Mayhew December 13, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Wow, that is a big fish for a Pied-billed Grebe! Great capture!

  4. Bob Mcpherson December 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia.

  5. Patty Chadwick December 13, 2015 at 7:49 am

    It seems amazing that these birds don’t choke on some of the fish they catch! Life sure is a constant challenge for them….first they have to find food, then capture it, and then defend it and, finally, actually get to eat it….

  6. Mary Lou Hall December 13, 2015 at 5:48 am

    As usual – a great photo.

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