Welcome to all of my new friends who have recently joined the blog and thanks to all who have been part of this from day one. For those who don't know me, I grew up in Bessemer, Michigan (yes, I am a Yooper). I have spent the past decades residing in Northern Wisconsin near Chequamegon Bay where in recent years I have embarked on a personal mission to showcase our wonderful area wildlife and delicate ecosystems. I spend countless hours capturing the images you see here and now with your help, we are reaching out to share this. If you know of anyone that would enjoy receiving these posts, please share with them. Okay...So maybe you still don't know much about me, but we need to move on to todays "Photo of the Day".
When I first came face to face with a Horned Grebe, It was like looking into the eye of an alien (which I have seen many of, because remember...I am a Yooper). This crazy little bird is one of the most amazing looking creatures I have seen.
The timing of the Horned Grebes migration depends largely on the weather - this species may not leave it's breeding grounds until they ice over, nor will it return until the ice melts. This Grebe's so-called "horns" are in fact, yellowish feather patches located behind it's eyes which it can raise at will.
A male bird showing off it's "horns" and bright red eye:
A resting pair with the female on the left side of the image keeping a watchful eye: