Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe adultRed-necked Grebe adult – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 500mm, natural light

I have loads of Western, Clark’s, Eared Grebe and Pied-billed Grebe images but very, very few Red-necked Grebe photos. This past summer I was able to photograph this adult Red-necked Grebe while I was in Montana and while they aren’t among my best images I appreciate having had the opportunity just to view this grebe.

Western and Clark’s Grebes are often confused with each other because of similar size and appearance, Horned Grebes and Eared Grebes in non breeding plumage can be mistaken for each other too but the Red-necked Grebe is unmistakable in breeding plumage with its red neck, white chin area and black cap.  Red-necked Grebes are beautiful but wary subjects in the Centennial Valley.  Some day I hope I will have images the show off their beauty in a much better way.


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