Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Horned Grebe

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

This week I am featuring the Horned Grebe I saw while at the Ocean City Inlet.

The Grebes are one of my favorite birds, as least my favorite at the time of the sighting..


 Look at that eye, isn't it cool? Looks almost alien like... neat scarlet eyes. The Horned Grebe is a small water bird. And an excellent swimmer and diver.


 Their plumage is unmistakable in the summer, when both the male and female have a black head with brown puffy earlike tufts



I hope you enjoyed seeing the Horned Grebe as much as I did! Thanks for stopping by my post and for all the nice comments.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.  Thanks to our host Michelle our host Stewart.  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

57 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen Loved seeing the shots of the Horned Grebe.

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant Horned Grebe Eileen, I would love to see one.

Marco Luyken said...

Hello Eileen,
What a funny shots of this special bird. Nice with his bright red eyes.

Best regards,
Marco

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Those red eyes are amazing!!

Stewart M said...

Nice bird - grebes of any sort are hard to get pictures off - they always seem to like the other side of the lake to me!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

R. Mac Wheeler said...

cue the scary Alien music.

Lynne said...

Another treat, a first for me too!

DIMI said...

Good morning Eileen!!
What a lovely bird!!Very strange the red eyes,indeed!!oinderful pictures!Wich you a happy April, Spring!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

diane b said...

Must have been partying all night to get red eyes.

Montanagirl said...

Hi EIleen. Really like your Horned Grebe photos. I got to see some of these a couple years ago.

Crafty Green Poet said...

just looked up the scientific name and this is the same grebe we call the Slavonian grebe! Though yours looks different somehow from those I've seen. Lovely photos.

TexWisGirl said...

really neat fowl!

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Just one more comment, then I take a time out again.

Beautiful picture of the Horned Grebe.
Greetings Irma

Łucja-Maria said...

Eileen, I am happy that thanks to you I can see the horned grebe.
It is very beautiful.
Greetings from far, spring Polish.
Lucia

Sue said...

Those eyes are positively devil-ish!
Nice shots!

Karen said...

The red eyes are quite an outstanding feature!

Reena Walkling said...

Awesome to spot him ... they are so cool looking in the summer.

Debbie said...

you are just like me eileen, with everything!! if it's in front of me, it's my favorite!!

great captures, i don't see them here!!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

what a long neck. neat-o. ( :
happy April 1st.

Linda W. said...

Those eyes are freaky! Thanks for sharing your photos.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I've never seen one before - terrific shots.

simply bev said...

I've never seen a Horned Grebe... so cute! I just love the little divers. I saw my first Ring-necked ducks last week. Several pairs were still hanging out here before heading North. Loved seeing them dive too!

Helma said...


You have restored all grebes than we in the Netherlands but of you are beautiful in color. Wonderful to see Eileen.
Very nice evening.

Brian King said...

Nice shots! The eyes really stand out on these guys.

Alexa T said...

Well... I'm sure that a "Horned Grebe" it was not on my lake ;) wow... I simply enjoy watch them...here!

Ela said...

What beautiful shots on the water !
Greetings

Adam Jones said...

What a great looking bird.

HansHB said...

Great catches!

George said...

The eyes of the Grebe are fascinating -- so unique and beautiful.

mick said...

Hi Eileen, a great sighting of the Horned Grebe and that red eye looks fantastic.

Happyone said...

He looks cold bobbing around there in the water.
Great picture.

DeniseinVA said...

Great shots of your Horned Grebe Eileen. Enjoy your evening :)

Pat said...

Really nice captures, Eileen.

Gail Dixon said...

I enjoyed seeing the horned-billed grebe so much! I've only seen the pied-billed around here and he is one of my favorite waterfowl.

Carletta said...

That red eye was the first thing I noticed. He looks like a handsome fellow.
The ripples and the color of the water made a terrific background to capture him against.
Lovely shots!
Hope your week is off to a great start.

Stephanie said...

Pretty cool on the eye color.

Gillian Olson said...

Enjoyed the horned grebe, lovely bird.

Betty Manousos said...

aw, i've never seen one before, thanks for sharing, eileen. the red eyes of the grebe are amazing! so unique.

great captures.
have a lovely wednesday!
xoxo

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
Oh yes, LOVEY eyes your Horned Grebe have♡♡♡ Wonderful photos♪

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

SquirrelQueen said...

What a pretty little bird and those eyes are amazing. Hope you are having a great week.

pattisjarrett said...

That is an unusual eye color. Thanks for sharing.

Ercotravels said...

Amazing pictures of Grebes...

Donna Heber said...

Hi Eileen,

What an amazing little Horned Grebe. Your photos look like paintings. So beautiful!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

We haven't had too many new birds lately. Our songbirds are thinking of returning, but still, 2' of snow melting...
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Grebes are so interesting -- we see them in Oregon -- but have never heard of the 'horned one. They are really cute .. would love to spot them in real life.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen!
These shots are just fantastic!
I am happy to discover here this Horned grebe who can't be much bigger than our Little grebe!
The eye is indeed incredible!
A cute alien I'd love to see one day!! LOL!
Cheers, keep well!

Marie said...

He's lovely! I don't remember ever seeing one.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful shots! The colour of the eyes is very cool. Have a great week!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I sure do like Grebes. I used to see these lively divers a lot on Lake St. George where I used to live up in Tennessee. Your pictures are quite good. Have a pleasant day today and another good one tomorrow!

Chris Rohrer said...

This grebe is a stunner when in its full breeding gear. Beautiful water birds!

Rambling Woods said...

a lucky grebe..we lost so many in this area this winter...love the eyes..Michelle

HOOTIN ANNI said...

They eye is most definitely a deep, bright scarlet red!!

Andrea Priebe said...

I love all of the Grebes. The Horned Grebs are probably the most spectacular but I don't see them often aroumd here ( I agree the red eye is amazing). My favorite is probably the Pied-Billed Grebe ... they are just too cute and we do see them here often. Great pictures











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Dave said...

Its a lovely species and one that I haven't seen for a while, tfs
Dave

NatureFootstep said...

I love them to. We are fortunate to have a few couples breeding close to my home. But ir will take another month before they arrive I think.

Jen said...

They spend their winters in Texas, but I have yet to see one. Those are some wickedly amazing eyes.

Neil said...

Great series.

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