Grebe Frenzy


I was watching the Coots running around like mad but never expected to see the Pied-billed Grebes at North Lake adopt the water sprinting behaviour. Very cool.


Each little foot pounds the water’s surface for a split second and the pitter patter can be heard clear across the lake.


The Grebe begins to transition into torpedo mode…


And just that quickly the Grebe pops below the surface and then rises as if nothing had happened.

6 responses

  1. Siobhan Ruck

    these photos bring out the grebe’s inner dinosaur.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  2. Carol Byram

    Your site was recently recommended to me by a friend and I love getting the photos — they are extraordinary! We were recently visiting in San Francisco near Golden Gate Park and spent a lot of time at Stow Lake watching the nesting great blue herons. We were chatting with a local photograher there and she said the chicks have hatched. Do you have any shots of the great blues and the chicks? Also, I LOVED the great blue eating the gophers. Carol Byram

    April 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  3. bikesbirdsbeaches

    Great photos! It looks like fun to be a Pied-billed Grebe!

    April 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  4. Grace Ruth

    Wonderful photos! I caught two pied billed grebes in mating behavior last year, but will have to check out the water running.

    April 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  5. Lovely – just been directed here and I’m very pleased I was. Birds are wonderful. I’m currently doing an A-Z blogging challenge, one blog a day through the month of April and through the alphabet, I’m doing endangered animals, and have several birds.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  6. Great Images, Walter. Great texture and composition.

    April 20, 2012 at 3:30 am

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