Horned Grebe

About 4 of the 10 Horned Grebes we spotted at Blackie Spit were swimming and diving uncharacteristically close to the main walking path of Crescent Beach — close for Horned Grebes, that is (about 20-30 feet away). The fishing was obviously quite good near shore. My closest encounter with these birds. They are exhibiting neither the flamboyant yellow horns nor red-and-black breeding plumage during this season, but those red eyes and dapper tux are nonetheless mesmerizing! Photographed on December 11, 2015.

Horned Grebeclearly some of these grebes are used to the sight of humans on their fishing grounds.
f/7.1, 1/1000, 500mm, ISO 250

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