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Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-21 1:55
Viewed: 3274
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Black-necked Grebe in winter plumage at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

In: Black-necked Grebe Ca: Cabussó collnegre Da: Sorthalset Lappedykker De: Schwarzhalstaucher Es: Zampullín cuellinegro Fi: mustakaulauikku Fr: Grèbe à cou noir It: Svasso piccolo Nl: Geoorde Fuut No: Svarthalsdykker Pt: Mergulhão-de-pescoço-preto Sv: Svarthalsad dopping US: Eared Grebe Ru: Черношейная поганка

It most closely resembles the Slavonian Grebe but in all plumages it has a small and characteristically up-turned bill, a steep forehead and peaked crown. In winter the dark crown extends into a dark smudgy area through the eye, thus spoiling the neat contrast between black and white which a Slavonian would show.

Breeds on shallow well-vegetated lakes. Winters on estuaries, lakes and reservoirs.

Courtship-feeding forms an important part of their display. They often carry their young on their backs.

Birds return to their breeding sites April-May, having wintered at sea or large lakes and lagoons.

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Hi Pekka,

Excellent capture.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

great capture and nice colours!

hello Pekka

excellent shot of the Black-necked Grebe
with fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful luminosity
coming on the bird, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-21 10:17]

Hello Pekka,
very good shot of the Grebe. Well composed picture, very good focus, good light . Thanks,
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-21 11:54]

Hi Pekka,

I think the little Grebes will always be my favorites. The face is so adorable and his eye is shining. Lovely colors and details of the face and winter plummage. I love the look of the water too.


Ciao Pekka, lovely bird with fantastic red eye, splendid effect of light on water, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-21 12:35]
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Hi Pekka. You had good light this day which has given warm colours to the bird. Which you have taken well from a distance. I see you used the 50d do you have another one please let me know .well done TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-22 5:47]

Pekka, very nice shot with superb focus on the eyes. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-23 14:35]

Hi Pekka,
a great shot of this Black-necked Grebe.
Superb composition.
Great sharpness.
Very good contrast.

Well done,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-26 10:58]

Hi Pekka

I have never seen one of these. I love how the eye is catching the light. Lovely to see



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