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Rare Grebes - November 10, 2012

Western, Eared, and Red-necked Grebes at Memorial Lake State Park, Lebanon County, PA
 
For the first time in Pennsylvania history (unsurprisingly, considering that there are only two records for Western Grebe, including this one), a total of five grebe species were all present on the same body of water at the same time. And, this had been going on for several days before I finally had a chance to witness it for myself.
 
The grebes proved to be remarkably cooperative, especially the Eared which at one point approached the shore to within 20 feet or so to pose for pictures. The Western was just as bold, and passed close by observers several times while I was there. Interestingly, these sets of photos are among the best I have made of either species anywhere, even as they were both well out of range in Lebanon County! Rare birds often prove harder to document.
 
Also from the Department of Curious Stuff, the only other confirmed Western Grebe for Pennsylvania -- a single bird in Cumberland County in February 2009 -- also appeared in the company of a Red-necked Grebe. One photo below depicts the two species together.

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x TC III, 1/800 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1000, tripod

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x TC III, 1/640 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1000, tripod

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x TC III, 1/1250 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1000, tripod

grebe_wegr_rngr_memorialsppa_20121109_1d4_e9h9060w.jpg
Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x TC III, 1/800 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1000, tripod

grebe_eared_memorialsppa_20121109_1d4_e9h8954w.jpg
Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x TC III, 1/640 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1000, tripod

grebe_eared_memorialsppa_20121109_1d4_e9h8974w.jpg
Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x TC III, 1/500 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1000, tripod

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