|A trio of Horned Grebes taking a rest stop at Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 3/31/11.|
In their breeding plumage, Horned Grebes have a very striking black head and bill with a bright yellow mask that stretches across to the back of the head and feathering out into a pair of "horns." Its red eyes and lores match its reddish body that contrasted with dark gray scaled back. Its colors give them some unusual names in bird folk lore; including "Devil-diver", "hell-diver", "pink-eyed diver", and "water witch."
|A good look at the Horned Grebe's striking colors, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 3/26/11.|
|A water dance of Horned Grebes, Rock Cut Sate Park, Rockford, IL; 3/27/11.|
|A good look at this Grebe's "Horns" as it is in its heightened state of attracting a mate for the spring, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 4/23/2011.|
|I caught this great reflection pic of these turtles, while stalking birds at Rock Cut State Park; 4/9/11.|