Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Visiting Grebe

I was very pleased to see a tiny pied-billed grebe stop at the pond one day. It fished for a few hours, and rested, then went on its way.





116 comments:

Betty Roan said...

Cool shots. The pond is looking good!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Just one?? Love to see all that water in the pond!!

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

absolutely loved seeing this!!

xo

Lynne said...

I think I would like to ride along inside your photo bag for a day . . . so as to peek out to catch what you see in your travels . . . Amazing . . .

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

It certainly looks like he enjoyed his visit. Do you keep your pond stocked with fish?

Deb said...

Cool shots...the pond looks great

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Pretty shots!

Linda said...

Love the shots...some nice reflections too! Would love to have the pond on my property!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Looks like it's swimming through air with the clear reflection around it. Very pretty. :)

Ellie said...

He looks quite happy to be swimming about in your pond. Cool pics!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Great pictures! You make me wish I had visiting water birds.

Comment1 said...

Ahh! Looks lovely and peaceful... when those ducks aren't around!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Nice pics- glad to see your pond is filling back up!

Linda said...

Your pond brings you some mighty interesting visitors.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good Morning! I don't know if I've ever seen one of these birds before...I may have and never knew it. Oh to have a pond to watch the ducks! I hope your day is a good one.
Maura :)

DJan said...

I see the squirrel and whistling duck are figured prominently in your new header, which is lovely! Nice pond, too...

RiverBend Farm said...

Good morning to my duck expert bloggin' friend. Great pics! I need me a new lens to take close up pictures.

Dina said...

Congrats on your little grebe. So cute. They are pretty skittish so he let you get pretty close. He must have felt safe inyour pond.

Jan n Jer said...

Niccccccce!!!

RoeH said...

Loves me a good pond. And watching all those who live there.

Nancy said...

He's pretty well camouflaged. The pond looks so peaceful, Theresa. My favorite photo is #4. Love the soft colors of the leaves on the water. Nice.

Farm Girl said...

I am glad you have a pond where tired birds can stop and rest and have a small swim.

Sandra said...

poor baby, it was all alone in your pond. great place to stop and rest.

Barb said...

Great to see all that water! I love your new header - wowza!!

Randy said...

Very cool. He's just chilling.

Kathy said...

Your pond is looking full of life.

SweetMarie said...

what a cute little fellow!

Jill said...

Nice!

Carol said...

Nice shots of the grebe; I've not seen him in person. So nice to have a pond!

Ron said...

You changed your header! I like it!

There wasn't anything wrong with the old one but this seems to add more color.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,


Those Grebes and any other species seem to find an abundance of 'fast-food', while in the air to their destiny. You are such a keen observer and true nature lover! Enjoy them in your paradise.
Love,
Mariette

Paula said...

So many of your pictures I can imagine with a frame and hanging on the wall, but we only have room for so many, right?

Millie said...

Lovely bird.

Gary said...

Great visitor to have!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Linda R said...

Your visitor looks so peaceful floating around in your pound. Such great shots...

Karen said...

You aren't the only one happy to see water in your pond! The grebe looks totally content!

Paula said...

Lovely shots! He is a handsome fellow!

bailey-road.com said...

Cute little visitor. How nice that he stopped by for a quick photo op!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'd be very excited to see one of these!

polkadotpeticoat said...

You have a bird refuge here....

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Cool shots. Nice reflections too.
Thanks for following.

NatureStop said...

Nice shots!!!

Fjällripan said...

Such a nice guest in the pond! Great that you got to see him/her :)

heyBJK said...

How cute! Love those little grebes!

Mama Zen said...

Lovely shots!

Hilary said...

It's nice when those transients stop by for a while, eh?

Bob Bushell said...

Great Grebe.

Madge Bloom said...

Cute little guy, a type of duck, right? Do you stock your pond?

Patty Woodland said...

I love grebe birds. Don't see too much of them up here but saw a lot of them in NJ

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Makes you wonder why he is by himself. A loner?

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Nice shots! I haven't seen many geese/ducks at the pond this year. I think we have too many neighbor dogs and cats prowling around the pond for them to stay long.

dr momi said...

He just showed up for the photo shoot :-)

Sylvia K said...

He does seem to be a loner! Great shots as always! He is a lovely visitor!

Lindsjö taxar said...

How lovely to have a pond with different visiters. Lucky for you to see him and show us..nice!
It´s raining all day here...the dogs wont go out...what hunting dogs I have :-)

Debbie said...

Cool as a cucumber, you got some great shots!! I love all the sticks/branches!!!

Rohrerbot said...

Beautiful little bird. Your pond is quite the attraction:) I absolutely love that you don't have to go far to do your birding:)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Outstanding shots of the Pied-billed Grebe. These water birds are so shy it is amazing how well you captured this grebe in your photographs. I like watching the grebes fish and paddle. Have a super great day!

Michelle Renee said...

I'm so happy to see so much water in your pond...and I'm glad you had your camera handy to catch your visiting grebe.

For all the enjoyment I get over here, I feel like I should donate birdseed or something. ---Love your blog. It's always a treat to see what you post!

Frank said...

Super shots Theresa of your little visitor ... what will turn up next.

Elaine said...

Beautiful series of shots!

Chatty Crone said...

Nice - and I love how it is filled up - I hear that you got a lot of rain there. Sandie

Robin said...

T, what a nice visitor!

latebloomerbuds said...

Captures filled with spring! Margie

Susan said...

Cool! The pond (oh and the bird) look great!

Giga said...

The mountain has changed, and you're on the right :-). You're lucky to score nice and pretty in your pond. Yours warm.

Carletta said...

The fourth shot is my favorite with it looking like he has an eye on you.
He/she looks a little lonely. I'm glad your pond was inviting and hope some friends weren't too far away. :)

Judy said...

So glad he stayed long enough so you could take his picture.

HansHB said...

Nice, - well done!
Happy WBW!

Andrew said...

A wonderful little bird to see...
One made the headlines last year after arriving on a lake close to where I work in Manchester after being blown over the Atlantic during one of the big storms.
Quite a celebrity for a week or so.

Eva Ason said...

Lovely photos and I love the reflections in the water.
Have a lovely day!

Eva

Rose said...

I would love to have your pond in my back yard....love your new header....

you should put just a slice of that bluebonnet shot across the bottom.

I so loved that shot....well, I liked all your shots of them. They are gorgeous.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hmmmmm...Is it normal that he is alone??? I thought that at this time of year especially, they were in pairs --or groups... Maybe this one is 'scouting' out your pond---and will go back and get the 'gang' and bring them back.. Ya think??????

Hugs,
Betsy

Barb said...

The still water and the reflections are mesmerizing.

Brita said...

I feel the smell of summer! Nice/brita

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Such refreshing shots and I love the composition. So Beautiful.

Martha Z said...

I always enjoy seeing these diminutive guys.

barbara l. hale said...

Sweet looking little duck! Glad he visited.

mick said...

Great photos and really nice to have a bird like that visit your place.

A Quiet Corner said...

You were lucky to catch him! I would have been thrilled...:)JP

eileeninmd said...

Great sighting and visitor. I love the cute grebes.

Marie said...

What a sweet little visitor! Glad you caught him while he was there.

parker said...

Your watery North Texas Oasis makes a perfect place for the feathered friends who visit!

Jerry said...

Loved looking at these piccies. Seeing one of these is definitely on my wish list - they seem to be quite 'mobile' and even turn up here in the UK sometimes.

Mike said...

What'd it use for bait and did it catch anything?

Michael said...

never seen one before...wonderful

CameraCruise said...

Great shots!
He's so cute.

rkbsnana said...

He was all alone.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Tex you gotta feel great about that! You were a necessary and much needed rest stop. You probably got it on its way with a full tummy and a good rest.

Michelle said...

Looks like he is having a quiet, solitary swim.

Daniel LaFrance said...

You lucky gal! Great visitor... time to stock the pond with treats. :)

Springman said...

That is one active pond... Nice to have a visitor!

Gillian Olson said...

Lovely little visitor, hopefully he/she will be back.

Tammy said...

What a great visitor! It is kind of sad to think of the poor guy traveling all alone though...

sharon said...

You have very interesting birds that visit your pond.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

You get such a variety of birds. I always enjoy what you find. Love love your bluebonnets and cows too. Have a great week.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love the pie-billed grebe -- we see them in Oregon (not here in Florida) - nice picture. If it hatches near you watch for them, they carry their babies on their back, so cute.

Arija said...

Nicely captured in amongst all that camouflage!

Dar said...

Hmm, Mom must be tending the nest and the young, or he is just taking some 'guy' time. How lucky for him.
BlessYourHeart

Fireblossom said...

My mother always said I would come to grebe. Er, grief. Maybe it was grief.

wayside wanderer said...

Sweet little thing.

de engineur said...

Another grebe and this would be an addictive scene to shoot. Anyway, these are cool shots!

Murr Brewster said...

Dang! I want a pond too! I had to settle for a tree frog that croaked all winter in the middle of the city. I never did see where he was.

BlueShell said...

Oh Theresa...the pictures are great! The reflections are superb! I love it.
Kisses.
BS

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice pictures. The small grebes we get here are very difficult to get close to.

I think I need a pond!

Stewart M - Australia

Liz said...

Great shots!!!
I am rather jealous of your pond. As Stewart said, our Grebes are very evasive. I managed to get a few shots over the last 2 weeks but not great clarity.

I'd love a pond too!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are all so beautiful Theresa. I love that you allowed the vegetation to compliment your subject. I also really like the look of your new header banner. Oh what I would give to be able to change mine, but it never works, since I changed my blogger design. There is no code to fit in and change sizes and while many have complained, Blogger people never give answers, so I am stuck for now~

Pam said...

You are so lucky to have a pond in your yard, Theresa.. sigh

joo said...

I love the colour of water in your pond!

Nancy Claeys said...

Good eye, T. So happy you captured this little gem on his/her way through your ranch. :)

Candy C. said...

What a pretty little bird! I'm glad he came to visit so you could share with us!

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice! That pond is back to looking good.

pattisjarrett said...

I've never seen one of these. Interesting!

gowestferalwoman said...

Seriously, you should contact national geo or audubon society for you to take pictures of all the birds that flock' to YOU!!! Those are great shots as im sure that little guy was a hider!

Larry said...

Great shots of the Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage on your beautiful pond Theresa! I love the way these little grebes sink down into the water like submarines.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

i don't think i've ever seen one of those Grebes.

wow...look at all that water in the pond!! yay!!

NewMexiKen said...

So nice to see a natural-looking pond. Ours has manicured lawns right to the water's edge and they even come around and kill any water plants that try to pop up along the shore.

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