Horned Grebes in Full Breeding Colors

After last weeks trip to Theler Wetlands I went to the Port Orchard Public Marina to see if the Horned Grebes were in full breeding color.

They were.

Horned Grebe in breeding colors

Unlike the week before when most were in various stages of changing color, this week most were in full breeding colors.

Horned Grebe in breeding colors

I’m totally amazed by their transformation from a small, inconspicuous bird to this.

Horned Grebe in breeding colors

I’m pretty sure that if they had a Common Loon’s wail that people would be calling them demonic birds.

Amazingly, despite their brilliant stripes, they actually seem harder to spot in the water than in their white plumage.