Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis: Bear River Bird Sanctuary; Brigham, Utah
I photographed this beautiful Western Grebe at the Bear River Bird Sanctuary as it swam along the edge of one the refuges water impoundments. Its mate was sitting on eggs about twenty feet away. As other grebes came close he was quick to chase the interlopers away. It seems as if he was doing a good job of protecting the nest and his mate. I will post the bird on the nest another time. Please check back soon.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4 lens with 1.4 teleconverter (effective 700mm f/5.6 lens). 1/5000 second @ f/7.1