Horned Grebe

by John Briggs on February 28, 2007

in Blog

Morning clouds gave way to crystal clear skies and bright sunshine, allowing for some fine [tag]birding[/tag].

I ventured to Pine Point and walked out on the pier, greeted by rafts of Common Eider, Old Squaw (Long-Tailed Duck), Common Loons and Mallards riding the receding tide.

The Horned Grebe did not seem to mind my close proximity, feeding and preening as I watched. (Note: By close proximity, I mean within 50 feet, and I did not harrass nor stress this [tag]bird[/tag]. He was well out in the water. I was stranded on a dock.)

The Grebe played a game of hide and seek, diving and popping up on the other side of a small skiff that was tied to the dock. He then immediately scooted around the skiff towards me, as to say here I am. He played this game a few times, then continued his diving and feeding routine.

I share with you this beautiful creature, who seems to have an evil-like eye. Click a thumbnail for a full-sized view.

Horned Grebe - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Horned Grebe - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.
Horned Grebe - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.

 

Happy birding!

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