Horned Grebes: Breeding plumage and moulting

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Horned Grebes | Grèbes esclavons | Podiceps auritus: As I posted a few days ago, I was able to see three Horned Grebes fairly closeup from Jericho Beach. The two individuals on the right are in full breeding plumage, while the one on the left is clearly still transitioning from its non-breeding plumage.

I photographed three individuals (including this one) as they were drifting quit close to Jericho Beach in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada. Taken April 16, 2016, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

Horned Grebe in Breeding Plumage

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Horned Grebe (breeding plumage) | Grèbe esclavon | Podiceps auritus: Until yesterday, I was only able to photograph these birds in their understated winter plumage. But as you can see in the photo above, I have now been able to capture them in their breeding plumage; although I am quite happy to have done this, I am guessing that this means they will soon be leaving the region to breed.

I photographed three individuals (including this one) as they were drifting quit close to Jericho Beach in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada. Taken April 16, 2016, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

More Horned Grebes in winter plumage…

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Horned Grebes (winter plumage) | Grèbes esclavons | Podiceps auritus: Yet af few more photos of these understated (because of their winter plumage) grebes, photographed as they drifted closer (while fishing) to Jericho Beach in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada.

Taken on February 27, 2016, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: ISO 800 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000, cropped
  • Bottom: ISO 800 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000, cropped for composition

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Horned Grebes in winter plumage

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Horned Grebes (winter plumage) | Grèbes esclavons | Podiceps auritus: Taken February 13, 2016, from Jericho Beach in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (both photos: ISO 800 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000), cropped. Not baited, called in or set up.

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Horned Grebe at Jericho Beach

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Horned Grebe (winter plumage) | Grèbe esclavon | Podiceps auritus: Taken from Jericho Beach in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 640 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000, cropped). Not baited, called in or set up.