Horned Grebes, The Sea’s Red-Eyed Beauties – Day 62

My visit to PTown about a week ago reaped amazing gifts from the sea.

Among them were several Horned Grebes I met as I walked the docks at MacMillan Wharf.


Some were busy diving for fish…


Others mingling, maybe comparing notes about whose last catch was bigger??


Still others seemed absorbed in a major preening fest, oblivious to the world around them as they bobbed along.


And THIS one even had more than just a few things to say to me as I passed by her by.

How she made me giggle!  😉


I was struck by how soft and fluffy their feathers looked, even from a distance; water beads covering their backs after each deep dive.


But it’s their eyes that got to me most.


Bright red jewel beads against a canvas of gray and white feathers, a stunning contrast against the blue, blue sea!


Horned Grebe, New Life Bird – Day 48

A “new life bird” happened this morning, JUST when I had already left the harbor.

I happened to look back, and saw something that looked “different”.

So I went back, to get a closer look.

And lo, and behold, it was my very first Horned Grebe!


In a funky kind of “glary” Sunday morning light, I caught a few images of it as it SPED off, up the channel, and out of sight.

Woo hoo!  😉 ❤