English and Scientific names:

Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis

Number of individuals: 

One adult



Specific Locality:

Claiborne Lake

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  

Mid afternoon

Reporting observer and address:

Stephen Pagans

West Monroe, La 71291

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

John Dillon

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Clear and sunny.  Bird was in full sunlight with the sun behind our back.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10x binoculars in good shape and Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 400 mm lens.

Distance to bird(s): 

25 to 30 yards.

Duration of observation:

at least 15 minutes



Behavior of bird: 

resting until I started playing its song on my Birdjam after which it started swimming towards us.  We were in a boat.


Bird was similar to Clark's Grebe except that the entire eye and below was shaded and the bill color was more like a slight greenish yellow in color.


It answered the Western Grebe song that I played on my Birdjam.  It was just like it.

Similar species:

Clark's Grebe, see above.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

I took multiple photographs.

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Bird books and also John Dillon had pretty well identified the bird earlier. Comparison of pictures with bird books.

This description is written from: 


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


Yes positive

Date and time: 

10-20-10_ 8:00 pm