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Posing Grebe


Posing Grebe
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 52mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-31 6:48
Viewed: 3825
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Grebe was trying to woo a female but the female was more interested in diving for fish. He was very patient and took to preening when she was under water. He did win through eventually They are now nesting. Taken in Hyde Park, London

Great Crested Grebe

Latin name
Podiceps cristatus

Family
Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Overview
A delightfully elegant waterbird with ornate head plumes which led to its being hunted for its feathers, almost leading to its extermination from the UK. They dive to feed and also to escape, preferring this to flying. On land they are clumsy because their feet are placed so far back on their bodies. They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their heads. Very young grebes often ride on their parents' backs.

Where to see them
Lowland lakes, gravel pits, reservoirs and rivers. Also found along coasts in winter.

What they eat
Mainly fish

Estimated numbers
Europe UK breeding* UK wintering* UK passage*
- 9,400 adults 19,140 birds -

UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.

Source : RSPB

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-31 9:43]

Hello Deborah,
Nice to see you posting again!
Great sharp capture of a Great Crested Grebe in breeding plumage. I like the pose and the POV and composition are superb.
Amazing what Hyde park has to offer in the middle of the city.
Thanks and kind regards,
Ivan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-31 12:32]

Hola amiga,
interesante captura, buen foco y pov.
atractiva composición,
saludos

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-03-31 15:39]

Very good. Gary

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  • alois Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
  • [2009-04-08 5:16]

Hi Deborah,
This is an aesthetic perfection. I liked the way she moves.
Kind regards,
Alptekin

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