This was my 28th lifer this year and my 400th species in the ABA area. This includes 349 species in Arizona and 51 in California. Geez, I need to get out of the state more! Texas, you're next.
I read that Horned Grebes regularly eat their own feathers, creating a plug of feathers in their stomach. Ew! This may act as a filter and hold fish bones until they can be digested. The parents apparently feed feathers to their young to get the plug started. However, I did not see any interaction whatsoever between these two birds.
I was pleasantly surprised how nice the photos came out considering I was shooting down through a chain-link fence. Putting slight pressure on the lens hood against the fence actually gave me good stability.
|adult Horned Grebe|
|immature Horned Grebe|