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|The Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus|
The Great Crested Grebe nests on floating vegetation, and this is the time of year when hatchlings are almost ready to take to the water for the first time. This adult was sheltering two very young chicks on its back, one of which emerged to try out its legs late yesterday afternoon.
The legs were a bit wobbly, however, and it eventually found its way back onto its parent's back, where its sibling can just be seen.
I came across this scene at about 7.30pm and so the light was beginning to fail. Add to this that the nest was some way from land, beside the pillar of a small bridge, and so getting a clear hand-held shot was quite difficult. I think this is just about acceptable, though at 1/90th after lightening a bit in Photoshop.
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- [2009-06-29 0:57]
Very interesting photo!
very nice scene of this grčbe with his babies taken with fine details on her plumage
nice POV and composition
very well done