My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Western Grebe

A large, elegant, black-and-white grebe, the Western Grebe breeds in lakes and ponds across the American West and winters primarily off the Pacific Coast. The very similar Clark’s Grebe was long thought to be the same species. Both species have a dramatic, choreographed courtship display, in which the birds rush across the water with their long necks extended.

These two photos aren’t very good, but western grebes aren’t Michigan residents, or even regular migrants here, so I had to take what I could get at the time.

Western grebe

Western grebe

Western grebe

Western grebe

They may not be great photos, but they count towards my photographic life list!

That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!

2 responses

  1. Cool. Haven’t seen the western grebe. By the way, I like these kinds of photos — often they communicate the true experience of an encounter, don’t you think?

    January 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    • Thank you! That’s a very nice way of putting it!

      January 22, 2013 at 1:09 am