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Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe (breeding plumage)

By: Pat Coate

While spending a wonderful weekend visiting my daughter in Milwaukee I snuck in a quick walk at one of the downtown parks along Lake Michigan. There were a number of interesting migrants in the area including a beautiful pair of Horned Grebes in breeding plumage.

Horned Grebe

The Horned Grebe’s feet seemed set farther back than most ducks (as seen in above photo), which was verified when I checked the fields guides.

Success fishing

The pair was diving for fish in a shallow inlet where the water was clear enough that you could watch them underwater. They are small ducks, in fact one little girl passing by said ‘Look, Mommy, baby ducks.’

Horned Grebe

The yellowish, golden feathers on either side of the head give the Horned Grebe its name and are especially impressive when the bird has them raised. The males and females look similar.


Melissa and Jack

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2 responses

  1. Very cool shots of the Horned Grebe. I just love all the grebes.

    21 April 2012 at 6:19 am

  2. Beautiful shots of the Horned Grebe.

    25 April 2012 at 12:35 pm

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