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Tachybaptus ruficollis

Tachybaptus ruficollis
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Copyright: marios philippou (marios) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (186)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus OMD M5, Zuiko 300mm f/2.8
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-10 2:21
Viewed: 1570
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as dabchick, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. At 23 to 29 cm (9.1 to 11.4 in) in length it is the smallest European member of its family. It is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range.
The little grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.
Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles age, eventually turning black in adulthood.
In winter, its size, buff plumage, with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enable easy identification of this species. The little grebe's breeding call, given singly or in duet, is a trilled repeated weet-weet-weet or wee-wee-wee which sounds like a horse whinnying. Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-09-10 2:47]

Hello Marios,
This is trully a great shot with perfect exposure and focus! Superb sharpness, beautiful colour and so much details.Regards Sigi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-09-10 3:14]

Hello Marios,
Fantastic photo of this Little Grebe in excellent sharpness, details and an attractive reflection. Beautiful light and colours. Taken from a very good low POV.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-10 19:15]

Hello Marios,
You have done a superb job of photographing this cute little Grebe. Super sharp focus showing awesome detail of both bird and surroundings. I like the fact that we can even see the tiny snails on the slim covered boulder in fine clarity. The mirrored reflection in the water is great, you even captured the wonderful catchlight in it's eye. Well done!!

Hello Marios
very beautiful image of this duck, excellent details of his wet plumage,
superb composition and perfect reflection in the water
Have a good WE

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