Pied-billed Grebe and Buffleheads

Two more wintering birds spending their daily life on Cambridge Creek and close to my balcony is a Pied-bald Grebe and two female Buffleheads.  Both of these tiny birds dive for food.

The Pied-billed Grebe has been very shy and stays mostly hidden under the marina piers.  It has been here on the creek since before Christmas.

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Pied-billed Grebe


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Pied-billed Grebe


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Pied-billed Grebe – “Silhouette Abstract”


I previously posted late last November that a female Bufflehead had been delighting me with its presence, and I shared several diving shots.

We now have two female Buffleheads that hang around, diving for food and resting.

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Buffleheads (females)


They are a bit skittish and stick close together.  It sure is nice to have a friend!



36 thoughts on “Pied-billed Grebe and Buffleheads

  1. I LOVE that silhouette abstract with the pied billed grebe! Like you we have had female buffleheads in our cove but I haven’t seen the males in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately now we have a thin coat of ice on our cove so no winter ducks will be coming in for awhile. Happens every winter just when things start to get ‘interesting’ with the influx of winter ducks. I guess it is time for us to make a trip to the Oakley St beach!

  2. The Grebe makes beautiful artistry with the water and light Donna. This Grebe is similar to our Australasian Grebe with some facial variations. Buffle-headed is a strange name for a water bird, I wonder at its origins.

    • Thank you, Ashley! Our Buffleheads’ name origin is from a description of bull or buffalo head because of its oddly bulbous shaped head. I’ll have to get a dead-on front shot of one some day to share. πŸ™‚

  3. Great photos Donna, especially the silhouttte abstract! I’m surprised that the grebe swam away from you as it did, they usually do their sink out of sight routine whenever I get close to one of them.

  4. Fantastic shots! The β€œSilhouette Abstract” looks like she’s writing something in the wake in some cryptic Grebe letters. πŸ˜€

  5. I really like ‘Silhouette Abstract’ – cool shot. We only get Amer.Merganzers and Mallards on our river, so I was happy to catch sight of a pair of Buffleheads on my recent trip to FL. They dove constantly!

    • Thank you, Eliza! I would love to get up close to some Merganzers! They have also arrived here locally, at Blackwater NWR, but they are always so far off in the distance. Yes, those Buffleheads are fast, I hope you got to watch them come in for a landing, sliding on top the water, coming to a stop. I laugh at them all the time, they are a delight to watch!

    • Thank you, Deborah, the reflections are actually sail boat masts and lines, but I do love pier & piling reflections too. 😊 And, yes, Buffleheads are so darn cute, they are always a delight! Just wish a male or two would visit the gals, for some nice additional ops!

  6. Nice captures, Donna! I love to watch the Grebes…they always make me smile with their speedy paddling and cute faces. And who wouldn’t want Buffleheads outside their window? I hope you get to see some more from them.

    • Thank you, Ellen! I was watching my little grebe this afternoon, took a few photos, but didn’t want to spook him. My Bufflehead ‘gals’ have disappeared just before the snow storm hit Sunday, I hope they return. I will admit I am spoiled with my balcony perch. 😊

    • You’re welcome! Buffleheads are the smallest American duck, they are just too adorable. Cormorants are awesome divers, and have you seen their turquoise eyes? Just beautiful!

      • Oh. I have not noticed their turquoise eyes because they always fly away before I can paddle up close to them. Buffleheads do look cute, Donna. Maybe one day I will see one in person πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely birds and your pictures are wonderful. I love diving birds. And standing there waiting to see if they come back up where I think they might. πŸ™‚

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