2014—Is Nessie A Grebe?

I couldn’t help but be struck by the similarities between this mother pied-billed grebe and Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, with only her head and neck showing above the water. All those murky photographs showing only Nessie’s head and neck don’t look much different from this mother grebe in a pond by the Levee Road a few miles from my house, except my photos aren’t too murky although the focus isn’t quite tack sharp. I was out testing my new 80-400mm lens when I encountered the grebe family and I hand held the camera which compromised my focus a bit. The baby grebes haven’t yet figured out how to hang below the surface like Mom does but they sure are adorable. Oh, and thanks to my Sibley’s guide AND Google (I love Google) I was able to identify the grebe family. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pied-billed grebe prior to today. I’m still loving this lens but I have an awful lot to learn about using it.

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