While I was at Farmington Bay two days ago in between photographing the Common Mergansers I shared yesterday I also photographed a few Pied-billed Grebes. Pied-billed Grebes are year round residents in Utah and will only leave the area where they are located during the winter when the water freezes over. It has been an odd year here with brief freezes then thaws so these little grebes have stuck around.
When I saw this Pied-billed Grebe bathing at Farmington Bay I couldn’t resist photographing it as it splashed water all over itself.
It is hard to see in my photos but the grebe’s wings where half submerged under the water and the grebe was fluttering them which caused the water to splash up. The grebe also dipped its entire body into the water once but the only photo I have of that is splashing water and a tiny glimpse of the bird.
The Pied-billed Grebe didn’t bathe for very long so I am glad I kept firing in a very long burst while it splashed around.
I love that I can fire very long bursts with the Nikon D500 without having to worry about my buffer filling up, it hasn’t happened to me once in the field since I got the D500.
When the grebe was finished bathing and stopped fluttering its wings I was able to get a few images of it like the one above as I waited for it to flap its wings which they normally do after bathing.
But the grebe turned its back to me just before it flapped its wings. I believe I called it a little turd for doing that.
Ah well. Life is good and it is better with birds in it.