Monday, November 28, 2011

Horned Grebe

This small waterbird is a horned grebe, recently arrived from the far north to spend the winter on the bay.  They are diving birds, catching mainly small fish in their pointed bills and eating them while still underwater.  This is non-breeding plumage of both the male and female.  Notice how it has almost no visible tail.  In breeding plumage, they look like a completely different species. The bird could hear the shutter clicking, but I wasn't moving and it has it's head cocked trying to figure out what was making that sound.

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