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Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-05-04 19:14
Viewed: 2644
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This posting is a Red-Necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena). While out hunting for Ruddy ducks I found this Grebe and its mate building a nest accross the bay. I was delighted because for some untold reason they came all the way across the pond to check me out and say hello. I found that birds and wildlife in general don't do anything by accident. They do things for a)Food b)shelter / safety c)a mate or babies. I am none of the above.

This Grebe still has its winter non-breeding feathers as their necks are usually darker red and backs a darker black.


The Red-necked Grebe is smaller than Western and Clark's Grebes, but larger than the other North American Grebes. It migrates over short to medium distances and spends the winter along both coasts, where large flocks may be seen during the day. It runs along the water's surface to become airborne, although it rarely flies. The Grebe doesn't come ashore that often; it stands erect, but walks awkwardly , and prefers to sink to its breast and shuffle along.

FEEDING-An opportunistic hunter, eats fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects, worms, mollusks, salamanders, and tadpoles.

OCCURENCE-Breeds from northern prairies and foreests, almost to the tree line in the northwest; limited to suitable interior bodies of water such as large marshes and small lakes. Winters Primarily in estuaries, inlets, bays, and offshore shallows along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Can also be found in the great lakes.

Length-42-56 cm
Wingspan-61-88 cm
Social-Pairs/Loose flocks
Lifespan-Up to 6 years

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-05-04 20:09]

Hello Denis!
A perfect shot with great colors and amazing BG . Good POV and great sharpness! Well done!TFS

Hi Denis,
Beautiful caught of view and details of this lovely Red-necked Grebe,
Excellent focus and sharp picture,
Nice tone of colors and light,
Very well done..

Hello Denis,
Very nice image of the Red-necked Grebe, excellent sharpness and details, and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

nice image. brilliant colorations

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-05 0:20]

Hello Denis,
A very fine capture of the Red-necked Grebe, not a common species in my country.
You were lucky to have him check you out and you used the opportunity well in this sharp shot taken from a fine POV with great natural colours in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Denis,
Beautiful capture of this Red-Necked Grebe my friend, impressive exposure with detail in the light and dark areas,
great sharpness with a nice highlighted eye, a very pleasing image indeed,
Congratulations Denis and well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Denis, beautiful capture of this grebe. good image and seized the moment. All the best, Paul.

Ouch teh one species of grebe in western europe that i haven't been able to make a shot of in breeding plummage. Great shot..I just love grebes


Hello Denis

Excellent photo of this Grebe, looking at his
back side and the waves we can feel the motion
of the bird, fine low POV and framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Denis,
I like your photo. Great point of view. Very good light. Good sharpness. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Denis,
I like this picture with a less common species for me. Details and colours are great. Well done!

Nice photo showing movement in the water!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-06 1:39]

Hello Dennis,
Excellent photo of this Red-necked Grebe in beautiful natural colours and very good sharpness. Very nice composition.

Bonjour Denis,
La profondeur de champ ne me paraît pas excellente pour apprécier pleinement la finesse des détails mais le sujet est tout de même bien valorisé sous un belle lumière qui fait ressortir ses couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-06 14:04]

Hello Denis,
Stunning detail in this great portrait, the colours are lovely and natural. Thanks for sharing this beauty Denis.

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