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Horned Grebe (non-breeding plumage)

Horned Grebe (non-breeding plumage)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-11 20:14
Viewed: 1984
Points: 3
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Looks like a Horned Grebe (Colymbus auritus) in non-breeding plumage. Can't say male or female. But a new species to me.. yayyy! :)

Okay, enough of excitements.. now how and where i found it!
It was my second visit to Duxbury beach. Once again, for Snowy Owls.. no luck yet.. once again. :p

First one was in January. This one, last Sunday.. in March. I spent four hours there.. it was cold.. but so refreshing!! I feel connected to the people to whom just being with Nature itself, is a kind of celebration. Specially when in couples ;)
Rain or shine.. they know how to manage it ;) That thin smile.. it does say! ;)

Well. I was at my usual spot: on the wooden bridge. It was cold, it was windy, the water was deep deep blue! Total eight/nine waterfowls were there.. floating, diving, sleeping, fighting, fishing.. name it! I saw four new species on that day, and covered an awesome story too! ..patience! :)

Anyway, only one this bird was there. I didn't know it's ID then, but it was a Grebe, no doubt. This bird was not partying with the other birds.. but as usual (remember my Tennessee experience?), spying on them! Lol.

Sorry for the poor photograph. It was at far, no tripod, no goves, very windy, extremely cold.. blah blah. But i know you will find it 'sweet'! :p

Thanks for stopping by. Keep admiring mother Nature! :)

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To tuslaw: Horned Greberubyfantacy 1 03-12 22:21
To lousat: Horned Greberubyfantacy 1 03-12 22:06
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-12 14:04]
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Hi Ruby,a good capture despite the distance,the plumage details are excellent but the white is very overexposed,great red eye..no problem,nobody is perfect..ehehe...have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-03-12 20:13]
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Hello Ruby,
I am excited that you were able to capture this pretty little Grebe. I love it's fiery red eye which if you notice, is visible to some extent in four places of the reflections. The deep blue water is a bonus and adds much to the overall image.
Not a bad shot considering it was hand held, quite a distance away, very cold, windy and you didn't have any gloves on. The overexposed white parts of the plumage is a problem I face continually in similar situations.
It's nice that you have found some Nature Lovers to share time with. I hope you will eventually get to see a Snowy Owl, as I have never seen one myself. Keep having fun and try to stay warm! Great effort!!

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