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Pied-billed Grebe and Reflection

Pied-billed Grebes are mighty cute, always looking a little “baby faced.”

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

On this morning at the Ding Darling Wildlife Drive the water was still and the light very nice for reflections.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Grebes seem to be in constant motion, quickly reversing direction as they search for prey in the water.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

This was one of those days that there was so much bird activity I missed a lot of action, including the fly in and landing of a pair of Grebes.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
January 5,2020

Pied-billed Grebe

Small and chunky, the Pied-billed Grebe always looks like a baby-faced juvenile to me.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Last week several of them were swimming in the rice field canal. Saltbrush seeds from shrubs that lined the bank were drifting over the water.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

The lowering late afternoon light and growth on the opposite bank changed the look of the water as I proceeded down the canal.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Further along the Saltbrush seeds looked like sparkly feathers floating on the water. Saltbrush, Baccharis halimifolia, is a woody shrub or small tree in the Asteraceae family, and is also known as Groundsel.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe