Monday, October 9, 2017

Pied-billed Grebe


Happy Monday, I wish everyone a great day!

This week I am sharing the Pied-billed Grebe. I see them often lately, they were in Florida, Maryland and seen on my last visit to Pennsylvania. The Grebes are cute waterbirds. Often while trying to get a shot of them they will dive just as I want to take their photo.


The Pied-blled Grebe is also known as a Dabchick. Isn't Dabchick a cute name!


Small, stocky and short necked birds. They breed throughout the United States. they have a chicken like bill. In the summer their bill is enhanced with a small black band.


They feed on small fish and frogs. They dive for about 30 seconds, especially if they feel they are in danger besides looking for food.



I was surprised to see this large group of Pied-billed Grebe at the Lake Apopka wildlife drive in Florida.



As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

43 comments:

Phil Slade said...

Hi Eileen. Well what a coincidence. Our Little Grebe is also known as a dabchick and has the same annoying habit, diving just as my finger hits the shutter button. Have a great week now.

italiafinlandia said...

Another new bird...with a smart bill.
A good week to you, Eileen!

Lois said...

I had never heard the name dabchick before. It is very cute and the bird is lovely!

happyone said...

Nice to see all your beautiful photos.
Internet working right now so thought I'd try to visit some blogs.

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful pictures of these beautiful duck species.
All perfectly photographed, my compliments.
The first picture is my favorite.
Best regards, Irma

Debbie said...

ooooh they are just too cute!! i wonder if they are around here?? your first images is really specular!!

RedPat said...

It looks so cute in that first pic, Eileen!

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! Well done for managing to get such great photos of the grebes!
The ones I have seen were to quick & dived when I snapped a photo.
Have a great week!

Betsy Adams said...

That Grebe is a cutie for sure... I see them around in various places where we go... I love the name, Dabchick..... CUTE!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I don't think I've ever seen a grebe, with it's short pied bill. They look so unusual with such a short beak,

Missy George said...

Cute Grebe..great photos..I never heard the name "dabchick"..Have a wonderful week..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We are both in a grebe sort of mood today! Your pictures are better of course. I saw all of mine in Oregon and have never seen a pie-bill in Florida...the ones in Oregon dive just like yours do ... When we lived out at the lake, I probably had a million pictures of 'where the grebe used to be'... lots of ruffly water shots .

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Awwww, aren't they sweet? LOVE!! that first image.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Another new to me bird and that name IS cute / reminds me of a cartoon character or something :)

Angie said...

Eileen - they are so adorable. I especially like how they seem to still have 'baby' down ... I enjoy your pictures so much since I am pretty hopeless at bird pictures!!! Have a wonderful week!

Pam Jackson said...

What a beautiful duck that first one is....nice.

The Yum List said...

Dabchick is a cute name for a cute bird. :-)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've never seen one of these cuties before - They truly are different and have a uniqueness all their own, don't they?

Jenn Jilks said...

They are wonderful! I love your part of the world.

Denise inVA said...

They are very cute birds. Thanks for sharing them Eileen, loved your photos.

Lady Fi said...

I love the colours in that first shot. Such a sweet bird.

Lynn said...

I love wildlife photos like that. Lovely - especially that last shot.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Que maravilha de fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Andrea said...

If i am with you there, i will be very happy also taking shots of those wildflowers! I am not so much happy shooting only ducks or birds in the water. I prefer those on trees.

Mildred said...

That first picture is gorgeous! I enjoyed this post and the info very much. Have a nice day.

Cranberry Morning said...

How interesting that the bird's bill changes with the seasons. I'm not at all familiar with this bird. Thanks for the photos and info! Hope you have a lovely Tuesday, Eileen!

Lowcarb team member said...

Especially like your first picture ...
Hope your week is going well.

All the best Jan

mick said...

Great photos of the Grebe and the water color in the first picture is magnificent. Thanks for sharing.

carol l mckenna said...

Oooh ~ love the Grebe ~ so sweet looking and a great photo as are your others!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

A ShutterBug Explores ~

Our photos said...

Pretty birds !

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Pied-blled Grebe, it is beautiful.

A Casa Madeira said...

Lindo!
Boa semana.
janicce.

Lea said...

Dabchicks! I love it!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Jeevan said...

Yes, the bird too looks cute! I have seen Dabchick in a freshwater lake during my vacation in mountains here, but never a flock of birds. Interesting to know they get black band on the bill during summer!

Karen said...

Dabchick! Beautiful bird and a cute name. Another new one for me. Thanks, Eileen.

Mia said...

Cute name and cute bird! I love your beautiful photos, Eileen!!!

Stephanie said...

I have always enjoyed seeing these birds. I am finally visiting and viewing your wonderful photos. I do enjoy them on Facebook as well. I have a new blog. Click on my name.

Rambling Woods said...

Loved learning and seeing this bird...very cute bird too Eileen...Michelle

A Colorful World said...

Love the name Dabchick! Cute bird. You got some great photos, as always.

A Colorful World said...

Love the name Dabchick. Cute bird. Great photos, as always!

Jenn Jilks said...

Such a variety of birds you find! I just have same old... and many are leaving us!

Anu said...

Hello Eileen! Wonderful photos! The Pied-blled Grebe is so cute! Have a great week ahead!

Crafty Green Poet said...

What cute little grebes! We call our Little Grebe a dabchick too!

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