Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pied-billed Grebe & Chicks

Pied-billed Grebes are small diving birds that can be found year round at the wetlands. They enjoy feeding on small fish and amphibians. Pied-billed grebe chicks often leave the nest quickly, sometimes as soon as one day. As they do not swim well at first, young chicks can be seen hitching a ride on the back one their parents. The chicks seen on this day (last year) were most likely a few weeks old and were learning to forage on their own.

Pied-billed Grebe
Viera Wetlands 




36 comments:

  1. Hi Tammy!
    Lovely serie with great pictures of the chicks.
    Greetings from Sweden
    /ingemar

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  2. Good shots Tammy......lovely chicks

    greetings, Joop

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  3. Agh...the pied billed grebes! Those crazy thing are forever paddling away from me as fast as they can! Happy they stayed for you! :-)

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  4. We used to get one or two wintering here, but I've never gotten to see chicks! how cute!

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  5. Very interesting and lovely images... I like it... greetings..

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  6. Lovely work Tammy. You are so lucky having these birds on your doorstep, I have only ever seen one in the uk.

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  7. Schöne Bilder von den kleinen bei der Suche nach Futter.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  8. Hola Tammy bonitas y tiernas imagenes de este Zampullin alimentando a sus crias.Un fuerte abrazo

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  9. Really nice photos Tammy, you have managed o capture them well
    Shaun

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  10. What beautiful babies. :) That tadpole snack sure looks good! Wonderful images of family life.

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  11. Excellent shots! We see grebes here from time to time, but they're rather shy.

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  12. A Pied-billed Grebe feeding their offsprings, beautiful photos.

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  13. Spectacular images, just beautiful:)

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  14. those chicks are so unbelievably adorable!!

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  15. You got her with dinner! Awesome. Those chicks are the cutest :)
    We are going to be in the Orlando area for a few days next week (visiting family) I am hoping to break away for an afternoon of birding. Do you have any suggestions as to where I might have the best opportunities during a very brief visit?

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    1. Hi Tammy,
      Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is a great to visit. It is less than an hour from Orlando. There is a great drive (Blackpoint Drive, which is $5) that offers lots of places to stop and observe as well as some places for short walks. It's probably most active in the early morning or later afternoon. You will pass over a large bridge after you cross US 1, I often stop there to see what's in that area as well. In Orlando, there are lots of parks that have great birding opportunities. Check out www.floridabirdingtrail.com (east section) and it gives info about tons of small places around Orlando. Have a great trip! I look forward to your photos!

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  16. Beautiful! Nature as it should be.

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  17. Bellissime queste foto degli svassi con i loro piccoli!!buon inizio settimana a Te...ciao

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  18. Wow Tammy!!, muy buena serie de los polluelos alimentándose.
    Saludos!!

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  19. Stunning photos Tammy, not sure what else to say, brilliant :-)

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  20. beautiful pictures of zanpullín pico grueso in full supply of young, as it is called in Spain, one of the grebes that I have to see
    out of curiosity, thinking about going to florida in august, it is a good birding month?

    saludddd

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    1. Hola Tomas, It is nice and hot in August! There are plenty of the resident Florida birds around, but not migrant visitors at that time. It is usually a bit slower here at that time.

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    2. Thank you very much for the information Tammy. I'll remember
      best Regards.

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  21. Beautiful photos!
    Love to see those adorable chicks.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. TENGO ENVIDIA "SANA" DE NO HABER HECHO YO LAS FOTOS,SON REALMENTE PRECIOSAS...UN SALUDO.-

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  23. Baby grebes! Too cute! I love your photography.

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  24. Empezando a vivir, buenas tomas de los cuidados maternos.

    Saludos.

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  25. Lucky moments, thanks for sharing!
    Greetings Miklos

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