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Keywords:Arizona, Gilbert, Gilbert Water Ranch, Pied-billed grebe, Podilymbus podiceps, Sewage reclamation, bird, man-made, swimming, water reclamation plant, wetland
Photo Info

Dimensions9034 x 6000
Original file size36.7 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken16-Mar-13 11:08
Date modified25-Mar-17 19:28
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D2X
Focal length850 mm
Focal length (35mm)1275 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/320 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 160
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x


Pied-bills are one of the smallest of the grebes. They are almost never seen on land or even on a perch out of the water.

After several attempts photographing them over the years, I was coming to the conclusion that they were too shy and might never come close enough for a good shot. Until I met this little fella who thought I was quite the curiosity - I had to chuckle and ask him to back up a little so his whole body would fit in the frame. Thankfully he agreed.

Location: Gilbert Water Ranch, AZ.