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Three Grebes


Three Grebes
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR, Digital ISO 200, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Family Matters 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-29 0:43
Viewed: 2905
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-06-29 0:57]

Very interesting photo!

Hello Alan
very nice scene of this grčbe with his babies taken with fine details on her plumage
nice POV and composition
very well done
Jacqueline

Nice this family scene.Regards, Alin.

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