This summer at Lake Apopka, I’ve been keeping an eye on a far-off lump of dirt. It’s positioned far off in the marsh, behind several layers of vegetation. You have to position yourself carefully in one specific location to get a semi-obstructed view of this little island floating on the water. Why the interest in this particular location? Well, it’s a third Pied-billed Grebe nest!
I first noticed the nest on July 1. This is a highly cropped image taken with the Beast and a 2x teleconverter. I checked on the nest with each subsequent visit.
On July 2, I spotted two tiny babies sitting on the nest under Mom’s tummy. You could hear their tiny peep-peep-peeps clearly all the way across the water. But the intriguing thing was that Mom continued to incubate, and before I left, I saw her turning some additional eggs…
On July 4, there were additional babies wiggling on the nest. It was hard to get a clear picture, but there are clearly four little heads sticking out from under Mom. She had her hands full with that family!
The nest was empty on my following visits. I spotted the birds nearby, but they quickly found ways to hide in the dense vegetation. I keep hearing them, though, so I know they are doing well. It’s been such fun following the grebe families on the wildlife drive this summer. :)