Western Grebe

1/200s at f9.0 ISO:800, Canon EOS-1D X w/800mm

Western Grebes nest in colonies of hundreds on large inland lakes, sometimes using coastal marshes, in western North America. It has a spectacular courtship display; two birds will rear up and patter across the water's surface. Northern birds migrate west to coastal ocean in winter; birds in the southwest and Mexico may be permanent residents. This bird dines by diving for carp, herring, mollusks, crabs, and salamanders.
Bolsa Chica Wetland/Upper Newport Bay California