Photography by J.D. Magers

Western Grebe

Added on by J.D. Magers.

As promised, here is the other new (to me anyway) bird species I was lucky enough to photograph last Friday at Barr Lake State Park.  This is a Western Grebe:

This guy was maybe fifteen feet from the shore.  He almost caught me off guard, but I was able to duck down and watch for a couple of minutes.  He would dive below the water and then come up maybe 10 or so seconds later.  Looking for fish no doubt.  A much more experienced birder than I happened to walk by as I was watching two similar birds.  I asked him what I was looking at, and he told me the name.  He also mentioned there have been reports of Clark's Grebes also roosting at Barr Lake.  

When I got home, I looked up these two birds on my ID app.  They are very similar species.  See how the black bank goes beneath the eye here on the Western?  Yeah, it goes above the eye on the Clark's.  Otherwise, they look exactly the same.  I'm going to have to remember that...