Like most reservoirs formed by damming a river or creek, Indian Creek Reservoir has many coves. On an early morning stroll along one such cove, we came across the Pied-billed Grebe and two chicks seen in the above photo. (Because of the low morning light in the shaded cove, I used a wide aperture which, unfortunately, left the foreground chick outside the resulting shallow depth of field.) As soon as they were aware of us, the birds started swimming toward the opposite shore of the cove. Nevertheless, I tried to get as many low-speed continuous-mode shots as I could, concentrating and focusing on the adult.
The photo below shows the scene about four seconds after the above photo. The chick in the foreground had disappeared. However, the telltale circular pattern of ripples in the left foreground suggests the chick may have submerged from that location.
Soon thereafter the chick reappeared on the other side of a large lily pad. The photo below was taken between two and three seconds after the one above.
The family continued to move away from us and were soon too far away to fill enough of the camera frame for good resolution. In spite of that, I took a few more shots. About thirty seconds after the above photo, I took the one below, then realized I had again lost sight of the second chick. Ever the observant birder, Donnette informed me the chick had crawled with great difficulty onto the adult’s back and was now beneath its wings. I hadn’t observed that and, not being a birder myself, I take her word in such matters.
I tried to photograph as many birds as possible at Indian Creek Recreation Area, but their skittishness and the limited range of my lens made it difficult. I hope to post more photographs from that visit in the near future.
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.