Two little penny buns bobbing on the water. Grebes trap a lot of air between their feathers and their body, which acts as insulation while they are under water - but can also making diving a little difficult as they can be too buoyant to stay under [photo by Mike Crewe].
The light was unfortunately against me much of the time today, so capturing the red eye was not too easy. On this bird, note the obvious pale spot in front of the eye, the relatively stout and straight bill and the rather flattened head profile, as well as the clean white cheeks and ear coverts - all good ways to be sure it is not an Eared Grebe [photo by Mike Crewe].
A hint of red eye can just be seen here as the bird turns his head a little [photo by Mike Crewe].
Timing is everything. I burned up a lot of pictures before I got this one - this bird is leaping up before plunging headlong into the water to hunt fish. I just caught the tip of its bill breaking the surface [photo by Mike Crewe].
A sunny, if slightly chilly, day today brought news that the drake Common and Blue-winged Teals are still present at Cape May Point State Park, while a few Red Crossbills are still to be found in the pines at the point. Keep an ear out for Rusty Blackbirds now too; there are still some in the area and they can be easier to pick out as they start to sing their squeaky songs. Check swampy Red Maple stands for them, or look for them caught up with local grackle and blackbird flocks at The Rea Farm or Cox Hall Creek WMA.