Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Clark's Grebes

Where I live near San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, grebes are a very common sight. Generally, though, its Western Grebes that are seen in pretty good numbers. A much less common sight are Clark's Grebes like those seen in these photos. Grebes can be a challenge to photograph because they don't stay on the surface long. Like cormorants, they dive underwater for what can seem like minutes and there's no telling where they'll resurface. But there's a good chance it will be out of camera range when they do.


  1. Adorable! I see one now and then where I live. We also have gobs and gobs of pied-billed grebes, lots of babies, too.

    Sadly, we had a huge die-off of both Clark's and Western grebes in a nearby lake. :(

  2. Great image. Western and Clark's Grebes are two species that I have yet to see (in the flesh).

  3. Thanks Darlene & Elijah. Grebes are much fun to watch. Elijah, hope you see a Clark's or Western sometime soon.