Pie-billed Grebe at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Wakodahatchee Wetlands has been on my must-do list since I heard about it a couple of years ago.  I finally made it up there last week and I couldn’t believe all of the wildlife and birds that were thriving there.  Wakodahatchee, Seminole Indian for “created waters,” is about fifty acres of unused industrial lands that have been transformed into into a wetland ecosystem.  One of the residents I found there was a very active little Pie-billed Grebe.  I watched him as he dove under the lily-pad-covered surface to hunt for water bugs and crayfish.  He would dive in and then half a minute later he would pop up somewhere else in the small pond.  Then, after catching a quick breath or two he would dive right back in.  After a few unsuccessful attempts at guessing where he would pop out next, I noticed that if I watched the lily pads closely I could see the wake he was leaving as he swam around under water. I’m sure he would have been shocked to know that I was on to his moves.

Pie-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pie-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

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