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Little Grebe

Little Grebe
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-19 11:09
Viewed: 2708
Points: 18
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New specie for my gallery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as Dabchick, is 23 to 29 cm in length. It is the smallest European member of the grebe family of water birds and is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range
Little Grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.
Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles age, eventually turning black once in adulthood
In winter, its size, buff plumage, with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enable easy identification of this species. The Little Grebe's breeding call, given singly or in duet, is a trilled repeated weet-weet-weet or wee-wee-wee which sounds like a horse whinnying.
This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa. Most birds move to more open or coastal waters in winter, but it is only migratory in those parts of its range where the waters freeze.
Little Grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver and pursues its fish and aquatic invertebrate prey underwater. It uses the vegetation skilfully as a hiding place.
Like all grebes, it nests at the water's edge, since its legs are set very far back and it cannot walk well. Usually four to seven eggs are laid. When the adult bird leaves the nest it usually takes care to cover the eggs with weeds. The young leave the nest and can swim soon after hatching, and chicks are often carried on the backs of the swimming adults.

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Hello Razvan,
Nice and eye caching shot, the bird in foreground is perfectly detailed and stunning focused. The background birds add an special touch in the whole set. Congratulations, TFS, have a nice week.

Ciao Razvan.
Ottima foto diquesti tuffetti non facili da fotogra fare.
ottima la nitidezza del primo uccello condettagli ben visibili.
Belli anche icolori.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Razvan. Very good focus and brigh colours. Lovely compo.


Hello Razav,

this are an picture with good low pov and sharpness.
Through the oof from bird 2 an great deeptworking.
Fine colors.


Hallo Razvan,
a very good capture of the Little Grebe taken from an excellent POV, fantastic bright colours, a very nice composition with a beautiful pose of this diffident bird, not easy to take it.
Best regards

Hi Razvan.
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours, excellent lighting, and good sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos.

Buna Razvan,
Superba captura cu detalii excelente si culori naturale.
Fain surprinse exemplarele aflate in planuri diferite.
Culoarea apei este splendida.
Numai bine!

hello Razvan, a beautiful scene, the blue background shows very well, the colors and sharpness give a very good result!
TFS Nasos

Buna Razvan,
O imagine care imi place cu o specie dupa care am "alergat" dar cu care n-am inca cadre satisfacatoare. Culorile si detaliile sunt excelente. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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