Western Grebes at Lake Hodges (4 photos)

Western and Clark’s Grebes have quickly become my favorite birds around here. Their sounds are funny, their mating behavior is a spectacle, and the way they carry the young chicks on their backs is adorable. And their red eyes are amazing, of course! Overall, very high cuteness and fascination factor.

The extraordinarily wet winter of 2010/2011 has filled nearby Lake Hodges to the brim and areas that are normally dry are flooded – and the grebes of course explore them, allowing even us “non-birders” among the photographers to try our luck at making photos of them. For the images below, I used my slow and lightweight 70-300mm zoom on a crop sensor camera. Perhaps they’re nothing special, but I’m happy I was able to make these photos.

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