Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Hi, I'm #136
I found the little grebe last evening as I was returning from work. By the time I reached the far end of the pond, I could tell the little bird on it was a grebe, but it was only when I got close that I saw it wasn’t a pied-billed grebe, an uncommon visitor in and of itself. Although my camera travels with me everywhere, the entire camera bag doesn’t make every trip, and on this day that meant I didn’t have my long lens with me. Still, I stopped and snapped some photos, figuring that although the photos would be exceptionally bad, it would still be possible to identify the grebe as a horned grebe. So I took about 20 photos with my normal lens.
The little grebe was being cooperative, however, so I decided to chance driving up the hill to the cabin to get the long lens. Now once there, Dog HAD to go out, and instantly. So I took Dog and the long lens, waited for Dog to pee, then loaded him in the car, put the long lens on the camera and somehow after all of that, the horned grebe was still on the pond.
At first I took a few photos from the opposite side of the pond, but then I felt brave enough to drive up along the pond closer to the bird, where I stopped and took about 50 more photos, including these two.