A First Day of Spring Western Grebe

Early spring Western GrebeEarly spring Western Grebe – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I spent the first day of spring at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge where not only did it feel like spring with warm temperatures but it also sounded like spring with Yellow-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds calling on their territories, Marsh Wrens chattering in the rushes, American Avocets in the distance and plenty of Western Grebes sounding off their advertising calls. The day before on Antelope Island I was able to hear my first of the year Lark Sparrow and Long-billed Curlew. I’d say spring has officially arrived in the Great Basin.

I love all the seasons of the year but after a long, cold winter I eagerly anticipate the birds that arrive with spring including an early spring Western Grebe who will soon be courting and rushing across the waters at the refuge.

I’m also looking forwarding to not feeling frozen while photographing birds.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child March 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Love the reflection.
    I hope Spring settles in. And plays nicely.

  2. Patty Chadwick March 22, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Beautiful shot….love their striking colors…interesting reflection. I hope it’s a gentle, old fashioned spring…not a suddenly hot, dry one…leading right into a miserably hot summer…we’ll soon see.

  3. Mike March 22, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Mia, so what was the problem with your camera?

    • Mia McPherson March 22, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Mike, I haven’t found out yet, the repair shop didn’t contact me yesterday afternoon. I will post here (or in a new post) when I have more information.

  4. Bob McPherson March 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Sorry, I forgot to say “Awesome”.

  5. Bob McPherson March 22, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Beautiful photo Mia. The Grebes are gorgeous and interesting.

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