Weekly Topics

Great Crested Grebe

My Saturday Bird this week is the Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), a follow-up of sorts to last week’s post, the Horned Grebe.

A widely distributed species found across Europe and the Palearctic as well as parts of Africa and Australia. Known for their elaborate courtship display. These birds are performing the head waving part of the display.

Throwback Thursday: 19th March 2020
Month of Squares

Eye Level with a Horned Grebe

This is my day 15 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This is a breeding plumage Horned Grebe on a pool near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The pool was a watering hole for cattle so I was lying in a mixture of mud and cattle poop to get down to eye level with the bird. The reflections on the water are from a stack of weathered straw bales behind the pool.


July Squares: Eye Level with a Horned Grebe


Throwback Thursday

A plant covered Little Grebe

Throwback Thursday travels back to the Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch in Shropshire in the 1980s.

This is a Little Grebe (also known as a Dabchick although that common English name seems to be uncommon these days) in breeding plumage. It has just surfaced after diving for food and its back is covered with various water plants.


Throwback Thursday: 9th July 2020


Weekly Topics

A Ring-billed Gull on patrol

My Saturday Bird this week is a breeding plumage Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) patrolling the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. It’s flying up and down the shoreline looking for anything edible being washed up on the sand.

Outside the breeding season adult birds have variable amounts of grey in the feathers on the head and neck. Although it’s a North American species some birds regularly wander to Western Europe with a few spending the winters in Britain and Ireland.


A Saturday Bird: A Ring-billed Gull on Patrol