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Grebe boat

Grebe boat
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-22 9:29
Viewed: 3532
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the non-breeding season, grebes are plain-coloured in dark browns and whites. However, most have ornate and distinctive breeding plumages, often developing chestnut markings on the head area, and perform elaborate display rituals. The young, particularly those of the Podiceps genus, are often striped and retain some of their juvenile plumage even after reaching full size.

When preening, grebes eat their own feathers, and feed them to their young. The function of this behaviour is uncertain but it is believed to assist with pellet formation and to reduce their vulnerability to gastric parasites.

Shooting Date/Time
21/07/2007 13:23:49
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EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
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Monopod. IS.
PP quick water touch up...
Taken in "Safaripark Beekse Bergen"

jaycee, haraprasan, pirate, Royaldevon, parthasarathi, Juyona, Adanac, marhowie, Mariol, Proframe, coasties, anel, gannu, Kathleen, uleko, pilonm, jmp, Argus, ellis49 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ellis49: Hi Gertvanderschelden 1 07-27 10:05
To Argus: Thanks Ivanvanderschelden 1 07-27 09:11
To anel: mother-taxi:-)vanderschelden 1 07-23 02:49
To marhowie: It is not a thought...vanderschelden 3 07-22 16:43
To jaycee: Thanks Janevanderschelden 1 07-22 09:52
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hi annick,
very nice post, well composed shot with fine pov, the water makes fine foreground & background. sharp image with good details, natural colours, liked the framing too,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Annick,
A beautiful bird. Very good composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Annick,

Beautiful capture of this lovely grebe with the babes. So cute the way the one is resting its head on the wings. Wonderful colors and details and a charming scene.


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-07-22 10:01]

Hi Annick
well composed and cute!

Hello Annick,
A really beautiful shot! You have captured the grebe with lovely sharp focus and made her look very elegant! According to your notes she must be off for a good night out!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

A shot taken carefully to show the special features of the Grabe...." A mother and children".Exposure, sharpness and composition clear, what your picture says.

  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-22 12:36]

Hola Annick,
hermosos retrato,
sensacional pov y detalles...

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-22 13:31]

Hello Annick,
What a tender, lovely capture. Great camera work Annick, giving us this sharp, clear image to admire, thanks.

Hey Annick,
Nice colors and good exposure here..Great details, but maybe more DOF from this plane of focus would be better? The head/beak looks a bit soft..Just a thought.
As good as this camera is supposed to be, I wouldn't be shooting anything that moves at less than ISO 400
Well done.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-22 16:37]

Well - you know that you're playing the cute card here. And it works. How neat is that the little one taken under the wings. Great shot. Though Howard might have a point - it's however, at least not in my book, nothing that would be in the nit category.
Good one - especially like the faint reflection.
Cheers, Klaus

Sweet capture of the Grebes Annick.
Nicely done.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-22 20:00]

Hi Annick,
I like grebes with babies, they are very cute. Didn’t have yet the opportunity to see one for real. Your picture is a very good, with nice details and natural colours. TFS
Regards, Mario.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-22 21:43]

Hello Annick

A very cute shot of this grebe.The focus is excellent with wonderful plumage detail.The chicks show very well.The composition is very good.Fantastic POV and DOF.TFS


What a wonderful clear shot and great title Annick.
Love the way those little zebras are peeping both ways over moms back.
Perfect composition and exposure with great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing.
A great joy to look at,
Kidest regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-23 1:31]

Hi Annick,
a great shot of this family of Grebes.
Sharp with a great composition.
Well done,

Hi Annick

I am still yet to find a Crested Grebe close enough to photograph, and here you have a Crested Grebe with passengers... some people have all the luck! Congrats my friend, I am very fortunate to see this sight through your lens... thank you!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-23 2:36]
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Hello Annick,
Just too cute. Looks like a mother-taxi. Isn't that nice? Very fine picture with subtle colours and charming subject. Well seen.
Bonne journée

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-23 3:00]

Annick, Wonderful shot of this lovely small bird. The focus is perfect and also the eye catch. Ganesh

Hi Annick.
Just love this, awesome image. Composition, colour, detail, sharpness, all spot on.

New Zealand

Hi Annick, lovely bird with wonderful colors, splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-23 8:38]

Hello Annick,
I'm afraid I missed the boat yesterday, but this is a wonderful capture! Very well-timed and in beautiful light. Great sharpness and lovely colours. I like the colour of the water and the reflection in it too. Very clever shot!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Annick,
You were lucky to observe this scene let alone photograph it, which you have done so well.
Well done,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-07-23 17:15]

Superbe canard et très jolie famille.Bravo pour les détails et les couleurs justes.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-23 17:20]

Hello Annick,

Very good picture of this Grebe! Good exposition and great details on the feathers... The only negative point is that your POV is not at its best... It should have been better to kneel or sit to be at the grebe level...

Anyway it is a very interesting picture!



Belle photo de ce jolis oiseau, son oeil noire vous regarde en coin. Jolies couleurs et grande netteté. Amitiés Thomas

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-24 11:57]

Hi Annick,
Very nice capure with the chicks over the mother!
TFS, José M.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-27 7:52]
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Hello Annick,
Superb capture!
Excellent pose, composition, lighting and sharpness and this together withe reflection in the water contributes to one of the best images of a Great Crested Grebe that I have seen on TN.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Annick,
this is a very good picture with a great and lovely action,
it reminds me of my
Taxi-Ride but yours are better.
Pretty good sharpness, well composed and beautiful colours.
The cutefactor is very high.
Great work.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-30 1:24]

I do like the look of these Grebes, but to see these babies on her back - just wonderful. And what strange looking baby Grebes. Well captured Annick

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